More Than We Can Handle


I am so tired of people misquoting one particular biblical verse, 1 Corinthians 10:13. God does not promise to not give us more than we can handle; he promises us not to allow more temptation than we can handle. Here is the actual verse, “13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 | HCSB” 

Life is full of overwhelming circumstances. We are not meant to be able to “handle” them all on our own. For some, God provides friends and family to help. For others, only His help will do. 

With the Egyptian army bearing down on them, the Israelites had nowhere to go, until God opened the Red Sea before them. An untrained group of children of former slaves, raised in the desert, were no match for highly fortified cities and trained armies in the Promised Land. But, God went before them and Jericho’s walls crumbled.  A widow and her son were down to their last bit of flour and oil, during a drought. God provided an unending supply. 

What is the common thread in all these accounts? Recognition of powerlessness and total dependence on God. We, as humans, find ourselves trying to solve all our problems, great or small. We misquote this verse partially and out of context and act like it’s up to us to solve everything, because after all,  “God wouldn’t give us more than we can deal with”. 

But, when you look at the complete thought, the complete verse, you will see that what God is calling on us to do is to ask him and only him for the help we so desperately need. Because, we cannot do it all ourselves. Don’t be tempted to only depend on yourself; or even tempted to only depend on yourself, family & friends. What is usually needed is a God-sized miracle. The temptation to depend on self or visible means is great, but, if we turn to God, things can be dealt with; in his timing and manner, not ours. 

Give it up to God and hang on for the ride of a lifetime. It will have highs and lows, but it will also be beyond your imagination.