God WILL Allow More Than You Can Bear (Alone)
By Ron Edmondson on Sunday, March 15th, 2009
I occasionally like to correct a myth I have heard all my life. How many times has someone said to you, "God will never put more trials on you than you can bear"? I challenge you to show me that in the Bible. The problem I have with this myth is that it keeps so many believers wondering why they canít handle their problems, falsely believing they should be able to, because someone once told them the lie that God would not put more on them than they could.
Yes, we do have the promise that we will not be "tempted beyond what you can bear" (1 Corinthians 10:13), but you need to understand what that verse is saying. It says that God will not allow Satan to bring temptation, or enticement to sin, into your life that is too much for you to say no to it. When you are tempted to sin, God will make a way for you to resist it. That is because He wants you to live holy, just as Christ who calls you is holy.
Consistently, throughout the Bible, I read where at times God allowed more trials, more pressure, than His children could bear. Elijah, the powerful prophet of God who held back the rain had a time when the trial must have been bigger than his ability to handle it. Consider this
verse: "The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." (1 Kings 19:7) Once when Paul wrote to the people at Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:8), he told them they faced trials "far beyond our ability to endure". David, the great war hero and man after Godís own heart, told the Lord that "troubles without number surround me"
and "and I cannot see". He couldnít see clearly, because he was overwhelmed with the storms of life! Another time David said "Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck."( Oh how I identify with David there!) Jehoshaphat prayed, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you." (2 Chronicles 20:12) It sounds like he was facing more than he could handle on his own.
Are there times when God allows more troubles in your life than you can bear? Absolutely! Positively! If you can accept my testimony as an example, let me tell you that sometimes life throws more at me than I can handle, at least more than I can handle alone. The reason God allows you and I to experience times when we are consumed by trials, when they are bigger than our own strength can handle, is so that we have no where else to turn, except towards Him. We are faced with one solution, and that we realize Christ is our only hope!
After Paul wrote that his trial was bigger than his ability to endure, he offers an explanation. "But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:9) He recognized that this overwhelming time of trouble, that he couldnít handle alone, had caused him to focus more on the power of God, and allow God to work His perfect will.
Are you being challenged beyond your ability to endure? Donít believe that you can do it alone! You canít! Jesus said, "apart from me you can do nothing!" Did you get that point? Nothing! Donít try anything today without relying on the power of God! He knows your weak, but He is available to help, if you will call upon Him! When we are at our weakest, He is strong!