Does God Give Us More Than We Can Handle?
I’m a mom to toddler twins. Lizzie and Emily are adorable, sweet and a huge blessing. However, they really do drive me to my breaking point. Every.Single. Day.
This is hard. I like to think of myself as a “good mom”.
I want to be the mom who never yells.
I want to be the mom with the clean, cute, decorated house.
Heck, I’d even love to be the mom who can post cute things my kids say on Facebook, but the truth is. . .the cute things are covered in dirty laundry, a yapping dog and my own squawking.
I have a Facebook friend with twin boys a bit younger than mine. Last night she posted about her not-so-great day, which included, among other things, non-napping twins. Another friend commented, that at least this is not the norm, and Kaia had to sigh and respond that, sadly, this was the norm.
A well-meaning friend added that “God never gives us more than we can handle!”.
Ah, yes. That.
You see, I lean on God’s promises a lot. I know that God will never leave me, nor forsake me. I know that God has great plans for me. I know that God has not given me a spirit of timidity.
But, I don’t remember ever reading in the Bible about God not giving me more than I can handle.
Because, my friends, He does challenge us.
Look at this from the letter that Paul (who was consistently given more than he could handle) writes to the Corinthians:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Did you see that, friends? Paul and his companions felt that God had given them a death sentence. Things were that bad! (kind of makes twin antics in my living room seem tame, no?)
Ahh, but then we see why God tests us so. “But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” Yes, we are weak, but God has the power to raise people from the dead!
Alone, we can do nothing.
Alone, I am the worst mom on the planet.
We see that God has delivered us, and thus we know that he will deliver us again!
That, my friends, is way better than a pat on the back and the assurance that God wouldn’t push us past our comfort zones.
Because, my friends, he does, he really does.
If you are not feeling pushed, you just may not be paying attention.
Chime in! Share a time when you feel that you were given more than you could handle. How did you get through it?
Friday Bonus Video! Emily Sings “Jesus Loves Me” While her sister rolls around on the floor.
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— Pam Thompson (@Dakotapam) September 7, 2012