Myth Busting

“God Will Not Put More On You Than You Can Handle.”

I began thinking today about common phrases that sound really awesome but are biblically untrue. The statement about God not putting more on you than you can handle is one that has been mentioned a lot over the years. This statement most likely stems from the scripture 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Connecting this statement to this scripture is stretching the context. It is not that God will not put more on you than you can handle, it is that God will never allow us to be tempted more than we are able. Throughout each temptation, Christians can always find a way to escape. Let me explain why this statement is a myth that must be busted through scripture.

  • Paul’s thorn is more than he can bear (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Paul was given a thorn in his flesh. While there are many who spend time arguing over what this thorn represents, I think it is important to realize that this thorn was so painful that Paul prayed three times for God to remove it. Reading this scripture we can see that this thorn in Paul’s flesh was more than he could bear. God would not remove this thorn, but he would offer enough grace to handle it. Lesson? When God gives us more pain than we can handle, He offers us an opportunity to experience a new level of his amazing grace.
  • David’s giant named Goliath (1 Samuel 17). We often think that David won that battle. No! God won that battle. Goliath was more than Israel could handle, and Goliath was more than David could handle. He was bigger and stronger. God will give us undefeatable giants so that He can display His strength during moments of weakness. God truly uses the foolish things to confound the wise.
  • Three Hebrews boys being thrown in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3). If you and I can think that standing alone against an entire nation while facing being thrown in a burning incinerator is bearable then you are sadly mistaken. It was more than they could bear. It was not more than God could bear. Their relationship with God before the fire is what got them through their fire.

The list could continue. The lesson however, teaches us that God actually puts way more on us than we can bear. I would go as far as to say that God is way more interested in breaking us than He is blessing us. God will give us more than we can handle so that He can get under the load and carry it for us. Conclusion: Myth Busted!