My Pastor once told me I was passionate about the topic of “God only gives us what we can handle” after a Wednesday night Bible study I attended.
I was passionate about it. That was about a year ago, and I’m still passionate about portraying God as He truly is to Christians and non-Christians alike. I feel like some Christians give this nice, cheery picture book story of God and how He treats us as humans. But we make up these cliche sayings like“God only gives us what we can handle” and “God helps those who help themselves” and “If you pray about it, God will make it better”, to make ourselves feel better, feel more Christian-like during tough times.
But those sayings are not Biblical. God has ensured that He will provide for us, He will “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”, He will provide choices to remove ourselves from temptation and tribulations. But He never says He won’t give us a life riddled with struggles, hardships, and sorrows! In fact, He tells us to REJOICE during our struggles.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” – James 1:2 NIV
Not if. “Whenever”. We WILL face trials. So, if we’re ensured to face trials, and we’re told to be joyful despite them, WHY are we running away from them? Why are we claiming that WE can handle ANYTHING? We can’t! We’ve proven that we cannot handle whatever is thrown our way! Look at Job.
11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” – Job 1:11-12 NIV
God literally told Satan “do your best, bro” in testing Job. GOD TOLD SATAN TO DO IT. Because God knew Job was a faithful servant. Job was faithful because he loved the Lord; clearly he must have, because Satan did a doozy of a job on him and the man still kept faith. Sure, Job cried out for death, sure he hated the boils and death and decay. But he leaned on God and His understanding to persevere.
Then he fell to the ground in worship21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”
– Job 1:21-22 NIV
Holy cow. No one came up to Job and was like “Well God never gives us more than we can handle, you’ll be fine”. We’re given the struggles and trials and tribulations and hardships so that we learn to lean on God’s will and understanding, not our own. If we could do it all on our own, we’d never need God. The struggles would simply suck, but they would be manageable because well, supposedly we can handle whatever we get thrown at us.
We. Need. God.
Plain and simple. Our Father knows our pain, our joys, our strengths and weaknesses. How do we think we can ever get through life without relying on Him wholly?