Will God Put More on You than You can Bear?
I bet that most churches will teach you that God will never put on you more than you can bear and they and you believe it with heartfelt sincerity because you have most likely heard it preached in every pulpit and from people all your life, but is that a true statement from the word of God. I am a person that wants the truth even if that truth changes my theology I was taughtâ¦and even if it upsets or offends someone. I said the same thing to people many times over and was taught this in theology classes and in church. The statement that God will not put more on us than we can bear sure seems like God said it because we have heard it for so long we just believe it to be a true statement.
As I said, I love the truth over a lie any day. I asked God awhile back to show me the truth. I didn’t want to believe others anymore because someone said it even if they believed it with all their heart unless it was the truth. I didn’t want to go along with others opinions if those opinions were not the fact of what God was really saying. God doesn’t lie to us. Man, however, takes things out of context, doesn’t study to find the truth, and chooses what they want to make it sound like what they want without ever taking the who, what, when, where, why, how, and what does it have to do with me todayâ¦.through the new covenant.
I know in writing this there are some who will say that God said itâ¦but I do hope you will search this out for yourself. As I say all the time the truth is always better than a lie. Now although if you ask someone they say it must be in the Bible but in reality the Bible says something totally different. They will quote 1 Corinthians 10:13 that says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Okayâ¦.is this the one that says that God won’t give you more than you can bear? Are you sure it is saying that?
This is a great verse by the way. It talks about the fact that God won’t allow us to be “tempted” beyond what we can endureâ¦.but it doesn’t say God won’t allow us us to have burdens beyond our ability to endure. Read that again! It is important when reading you understand the difference between temptations and trials. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is saying God won’t allow us us to be tempted to sin beyond what we can bear, based on the strength of the indwelling Christ in us.
But (yes, I began with the word but) troubles and trials in life are another matter. Will God allow life’s circumstances to be more than one human strength and ability can handle? Weather you believe it from me or not is not the problem. The problem lies in the fact that Paul is trustworthy and an authority on the matter so let us look at what He says in the Bible regarding this subject.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8
Paul declared this statement! What we need to realize is the fact that Paul was a great apostle. If the statement that you will not endure anything more than you can bear was a true statement Paul surely would have known it and applied that belief to his own life. Paul was one of the most effective Christians that ever lived. There are many times that we believe what we want to believe because it makes our life easier in some way to endure the things that come our way. We even put our bible hero’s on a pedestal. What we forget is they went through this life with problems just as we do, they got sick just as we do, they hurt and had bad relationships just as we do, they lost loved ones just as we do. They had pain, suffered, had fears and all the other emotions just as we do.
Now go back up to the verse above where it says “beyond our strength”â¦.Beyond our ability to endure is what the (Greek) NIV version says. But I want you to look at this really good. That is not simply an opinion of mine here people. Paul said it. He said he and his companions “were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure.” Paul is saying that the pressure was more than he could bear.
We as humans believe one thing because someone told us and we never search out the truth to see if what we hear or believe is what was really saidâ¦and was it correct.
So now you need to ask a question (we always need to ask who, what, when, where, why, how, and what does it have to do with me and how can I apply it to my life) If God allows us to have burdens greater than we can bearâ¦why? God loves me and you so why would He allow this? What good would come out of it? Well there is another verse which says, “Indeed we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:9. When I read this verse I can see the fact that we are not to be trusting in our self but we need to trust In Jesus. He uses our burdens to teach us to put our total trust in Him and His power and to stop trying to handle life on our own. People this is good news. He/God wants us to know who our victory comes fromâ¦HIM. We are to trust God at all times and give Him all our problems and learn to trust Him in all the circumstances of our life.
To say that God will not allow a burden on you greater than you can bear is a lie! To believe that may force you into a corner, where you will feel like you have to act like your doing okay when you are not feeling that way at all. Some Christians pretend that their burdens are nothing when someone asks how they feel, while in their heart of hearts whey wonder why if God loves them their burdens are not lifted and they are going through awful things.
People take and twist the word of God to make it say what they want it to say when God makes things clear and is never the author of confusion. Then they get the guilt factor and think somehow they just don’t have enough faith. Some believe that they must have or do have hidden sins in their life. Some try to fake it and make everyone think that all is well when inside they feel like they are drowning.
I want you to understand something very important. Although God may at times allow stuff in your life even to the point that the burden is greater than your ability to endure itâ¦GOD WILL CARRY IT FOR YOU. In fact, He will carry you as well. Whenever we feel we can’t go onâ¦.CAST ALL/NOT SOME OF YOUR CARES UPON HIM. He is our Daddy and He loves us. Would you not care for your own children’s needs? Well, even if you are a lousy parentâ¦GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WHO IS OUR DADDYâ¦.will care for us.
God will sustain us through any crisis. In the meantime, we can rest in Him knowing that no matter what comes our way when we put our trust in Him and not our self God will walk through the storm with us, walk on water if necessary and calm the sea. No matter how bad you feel, what you are going through, no matter how unbearable things hurt right nowâ¦God is there with us to hold us and see that we pass through the hard times. Trust Himâ¦not you. God won’t fail you. Don’t trust in yourself to accomplish getting through the stuff of lifeâ¦trust in Him and allow Him to pick you up or walk right next to you. He is awesome, He is your Daddy, and He loves you. Trust Him! Any storm we go through in life no matter how bad it might be God is bigger than the storm! Don’t go it alone people. Talk to the one who owns the world and created it. He always has time for those that make time for Him.