You’ve likely heard it before: “God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Who even believes that?
Although it makes for a great motivational poster, it’s just simply not true.
Sometimes, life can throw lemons, leaving even the strongest of us sour-faced and struggling.
Face it: it’s only a matter of time before your faith comes under fire, and I don’t care how strong, talented, or resourceful you are, sooner or later you will run into something to which you feel unmatched. .
So how will you handle the heat?
I personally love what the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthian church.
In it he recounts:
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.” (2 Cor. 1:8-9)
Now I’m not sure about you, but as you can see, this whole idea that God will never give you more than you could handle is completely unscriptural.
What need would we have of God in that case?
The fact is, God will often allow us to walk through impossible situations “far beyond our ability to endure” — circumstances that leave us dark in thought, desperate in nature, despondent, or even despairing, of life itself.
It’s often in these seasons when God is stretching us and stripping us of every ounce of strength we have left that He shows us His purpose in the pressure, “…that we might not rely on ourselves but on God…” (2 Cor. 1:10).
I think that’s the point.
The purpose of the pressure.
Have you ever begun to rely on a supply that is not God?
I wonder who or what your trust is in when the trial is on?
Paul writes: “on Him we have set our hope….”
Where is your hope set?
Where is your faith in the fire?
The reality is, if you want to beat the heat, set Him as your hope.
He is faithful, not fickle.
He can, He will, and He will continue to, see you through.
So stay, don’t stop.
The next time you find yourself pounded under pressure and at rock bottom, take courage, because Jesus is that rock.