The Harsh Reality of Clichés

God will never give you more than you can handle. Have you ever heard that saying?  Me?  I don’t like it. Why? Because clichés like this one presents confusion to Christians and non-Christian people alike. Let me explain. If God will never give us more than we can handle – as th cliché suggests, why do so many people reach a breaking point?  Why do Christians have affairs, get divorces, lose a child, get cancer, suffer abuse, or fall victim to a terrible crime?  Do you really believe that a person can “handle” any of these scenarios without consequence?

Moreover, does God really give those things to us?  Think about it. Why would our merciful God want us to suffer and hurt to the point that we make bad decisions, or conversely, our heart breaks from grief?  Is it really possible for the “mender of the broken hearted” to break our hearts by adding more tragedy and despair in our lives?

Here is my explanation. God didn’t “give” you more.  He “gave” you grace.  He “gave” you healing.  He gave you His love and peace and joy. The problem is that this world has given you “more”.  The world will pile it on you until you break because the enemy came to steal, kill and destroy. Satan will take the person struggling in a marriage and introduce to them a “friend.”  He will take the person who is at the end of their rope with their spouse and whisper “God will understand if you divorce him. You have no other option.”  The little sneak will attack your children. He will throw you sickness, and he will do his absolute best to make you a victim because he rejoices when we suffer.  Yes, the devil gleefully watches us in our moments of pain, anger, resentment, and grief without a caring thought of anguish for what happens next. Indeed, making a mess of people’s lives is his specialty and he enjoys giving families more than you can handle.

Now, do you understand why I disagree with this statement?  Do you see why I feel it causes confusion?  I have had it said to me numerous times and my response? “Why me, God?”  Why would you give this to me?  What did I do to deserve such a cruel destiny?

The reality is that God won’t give you more than you can handle. Unfortunately, satan will but here is the good news.  God will give you the tools to get through any situation.  He will give you the peace, strength, and courage to face whatever is happening in your life and strike satan down where he belongs.  You have to trust Him though.  You have to give Him whatever it is that you can’t handle and you need to listen and follow what He tells you so that He – our Lord God and Saviour — can make it better.  He wants to carry your burdens and make it better.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, BUT be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

Praise Jesus!  Next time the world gives you more than you can handle, give all your cares to Him.  He has already overcome the hurdle. Most of all, He loves you enough to carry you through it

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