I’m sure most of us grew up hearing people in our family and church saying: “God will never give you more than you can handle. Our culture has somehow decided that God will never give us a burden or a task that is too much for us. Churches have come to believe that we are only given things that are under our power to control. Trust me: CRAP HAPPENS. Being a photographer, sometimes my camera malfunctions and I literally want to throw it down the hill; or my guitar string snaps right in the middle of playing a sick riff in a worship set. Crap. Happens.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
God tells us that we are going to face things that tempt us beyond our control. We will face things in life that are beyond our reach. All of our lives are more than we can handle. We daily face things that challenge our faith and our character. The point of this, is so that in times of need and struggle, we can turn our heads towards Christ and not the world. We are designed to stand firm even during the hardest things that go on.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
We all face crap in our everyday lives. I face things in my college and spiritual life that make me want to quit school and music and my photography. Discouragement can come when you get hit with stupid things. But even during those things, it might be too much for us to handle, but it’s never too much for God to handle.
When you believe that God will never burden you, you limit your need for God.
It puts God in a box to say that He will never challenge us and put us outside our comfort zone. For me, heights terrify me. I can’t STAND heights. But, I’ve been pushed to the limit doing rock walls, and high ropes courses. It still is something I struggle about, but ultimately it forces me to rely on God for my strength and my confidence to face things that I can’t control.
Faith isn’t just believing, it’s acting your belief out and having to stretch your hand out and let God get ahold of You.