Does God Give Us More Than We Can Handle? (Devotions for Real Homeschool Moms)

I’ve heard it said by well-meaning speakers, by friends, by family members. At one time I would have said it myself. “God will never give you more than you can handle.” But I’m telling you, my friend, that just isn’t true.

Does God give you more than you can handle

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The idea usually comes from this verse- 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

If you’ll note, however, the verse is talking specifically about temptation to sin. You can see this in the context of the verse as well. (I like to use Blue Letter Bible for deep study of what Scripture really means in context.) The verse isn’t talking about the things that come our way that are just downright hard.
I’ve heard moms say to me: “Well, you must be more (organized, together, patient, etc.) than I am because I could never have my children at home all day and homeschool them.” Guess what. I can’t do it either.
I can’t handle the day to day grind. I can’t handle dealing with sick kids while trying to homeschool the rest. I can’t handle all the day to day decisions about how to handle it when kids won’t do their work. I can’t handle homeschooling with chronic pain, when there are days I can hardly get out of bed.

Friend, I can’t handle it. So if God doesn’t give me more than I can handle, something has gone terribly wrong.

“But,” I can hear you saying, “you do handle it. You do make it through the daily grind. You do make it when life throws other curveballs- sick kids, chronic pain, death of a loved one. You do it.”
But you’re wrong. I can’t do it, and I don’t believe that God won’t give me more than I can handle. BUT, I do believe that God will walk with me and give me strength. I do believe that I can only “make it” through Him.
Paul talks many times in his letters in the New Testament about how he has a thorn in the flesh that God won’t ever remove. We don’t know what the thorn is. Bible scholars have guessed, but we don’t know for sure. What we do know is that Paul acknowledges that all he can do is through God’s strength, not his own. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I believe that God gives us more than we can handle because when He does we acknowledge that all we do is truly through His strength, through His grace, through His power. 

Because I know that I sure couldn’t handle all I do on my own, I can say without doubt that it’s all God. I can give Him all the credit and all the glory.

So, yes, I believe that God gives us more than we can handle. But…I believe that He also will step in and give us what we need to walk through the situation we find ourselves in. I can’t handle the day to day grind. But God can. I can’t handle chronic pain. But God can. I can’t handle all the issues that arise with my kids- their behavior, their school problems, their emotions. But God can. I can’t handle it when problems arise in my extended family, when loved ones die, when relationships are strained, but God can.
I can’t do it. But God can.

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Does God give us more than we can handle?
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