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Monday, January 2, 2012

More than we can handle

Scott's first post:

Ever heard the phrase, "God doesn't give us more than we can handle?" I have. And it seems I have heard that so many times in the last couple of weeks.

I started to really think about this phrase the other day. I have come to the conclusion that I don't agree with it. Not so much the theology behind it but the actual wording. God does give us more than WE can handle. He sometimes straps us with worries, burdens, struggles and trials that are beyond what we can grasp, control or even comprehend. But isn't that the point? Isn't that the reason? WE, alone, can't handle them. We must seek God's aid. We must "lean not on our own understanding." We must lean on him and trust in him to handle these things for only God can handle these things. It is by giving these things over to God to handle that we can carry on.

God will sometimes give us more than we can handle, but what he doesn't do is give us more than we can handle through our faith and trust in Him. He, with us, will not only handle, but conquer all that is placed upon us.

As our pastor, George Mason, put it during his "Love All" sermon on December 18, 2011,

"Yes, sometimes what God asks of us is hard, but never too hard. God never asks more of us than God promises to do with us, for us, in us, and through us."

God promises us a good life, not an easy life. Right, George?



  1. Very well said...

    2nd Corinthians 12:9-10
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 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 in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    It's my favorite verse and kind of goes along with what you said. We love you guys.

  2. great post. and very odd, i used that same line about the good life/not easy life in my new year's post on my blog! how crazy! but how true. love you guys.