“God will never place more on you than you can handle.” Have you ever heard this phrase? Have you ever said something like this? It is common; in fact, it is so common we accept it as truth. Somewhere inside it makes us feel confident that our circumstances are not going to overcome us. We make the statement, grit our teeth, and then press forward. Let’s look at two things about this statement.
First, sometimes it is not God that has placed us in our situation; it is our own bad decisions. There comes the point when we have to accept responsibilities for our actions. We must confess them and ask God to forgive us. Examples of this are found repeatedly in the book of Judges when the nation of Israel turns their back on God, makes terrible decisions, and then cries out for help. Their decisions placed them in the situation, and only God could restore things.
Second, there are times when God allows things to happen to us so that we would learn to trust in him more. They are exercises of faith, much like Job experienced. He was a man that lost everything material in his life, but the expereince strengthened his faith and displayed that faith for everyone to see. Simply put, there are times when God will allow things to happen that are more than you can bear. The good news is, he will walk with you through it all.
No matter which of these two categories you are experiencing right now. God has the solution for what you are facing. If you are overwhelmed by your own bad decisions, confess your sins, and he is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9). These steps may not alleviate some of the consequences of your decisions, but it will restore a relationship that grants you His strength to face them.
Maybe you are going through something that is beyond your control. It came out of nowhere, and you are left feeling helpless and overwhelmed. In times like these, we trust in the Lord and His strength. It may be more than you can handle, but it is not more than God can handle. We must turn to him; “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
Things will be more than you can handle sometimes, but remember God is with you and loves you. He is your strength, and he does not expect you to be able to do things on your own.