You can handle more than you think


But he said to me, “My grace<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29032A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> is sufficient for you, for my power<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29032B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> is made perfect in weakness.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29032C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
”<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29032D" data-link="(D)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29033E" data-link="(E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29033F" data-link="(F)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in persecutions,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29033G" data-link="(G)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10


When something goes wrong in your day, are you one of the folks who says, “Why me?” I know I then also have a habit of not just reacting to that one event that occurred, but rather, calculating all the other negative things that happened to me that day / week / year. In the end, we can all feel like a victim.


If this is the tendency, it also often means you look up to God and ask, “please make this stop. I can’t handle this.”


I began thinking about this subject the other day when a verse popped into my head about God never giving us more than we can handle – what a comforting thought. However I then searched for that message and realized that’s not quite the verse. It reads:


No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it ” – 1 Cor. 10:13


This verse is not promising we will never have to endure more than we can handle in general. It’s asserting there will be no temptation we can’t escape with the help of God. 

It’s scary to think about. God may give us more than we can handle. Or life may work out in a way that feels too overwhelming to us. At points it may feel like we’re being punished.


While I was reflecting on this, I came across this excerpt from Living Truth, “It appears that God will give us more than we can handle so that we will give Him the handle to steer our lives!” 

Another way to think of it is this: If you continue to focus on God, you will only face as much as what temps you to give up. Once you turn to Him and avoid that temptation, you will realize you (and Him) can handle it. 

When we are feeling overwhelmed, we turn to God. When we recognize we don’t have the power to fix our circumstances on our own, we turn to the One who can provide a way.

We will face more than we believe we – our tiny human selves – can handle. That does not mean there isn’t a way for us to make it through.

He is the way.




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