You know, I don’t expect those outside the Body of Christ to have good theology-that’s like expecting me to be able to explain thermodynamics.
Ain’t gonna happen-it’s outside my scope of understanding and practice.
I do expect those who have spent a lifetime reading Scripture, studying Sunday School lessons and listening to sermons to know better.
But many don’t.
“God doesn’t give you more than you can handle” is bandied about freely among those who, if they thought about it before they said it, know it isn’t true.
Usually it’s tossed at someone going through a tough time in an effort to encourage them.
Can I just let you in on a secret? It is NOT encouraging. At. all. Not one bit.
Because what’s implied is that I SHOULD be able to handle this.
But I can’t.
And it lets you off the hook.
It’s like I’m drowning and instead of diving in to rescue me, you’re giving swimming lessons from the safety of the shore.
It’d be much more helpful if you threw me a lifeline.
God routinely gives me more than I can handle.
It’s one tool He uses to turn my heart to Him. It’s one way He helps me understand (although He knows it already) that I absolutely cannot handle it by myself.
So instead of sending the message that I should be able to handle this-join me in the dark place, hold my hand as we walk together and help me feel God’s love through you.