This is the last post for my Fall >>the result of doing life alone<< Series. There have been so many fantastic posts this series. I encourage you to scroll through and read through any you may have missed. I was so happy to feature some amazing people this month: Lizzy, Allison, Kelli, and Dan! SO grateful for their contributions and the unique content they can bring. I know that I cannot serve you all on my own! Recruiting help and support improves quality for everyone.
But onto the subject at hand…
This is a post I have wanted to write for a LONG time… but was waiting for the right theme. I guess this is it… or perhaps I just got too impatient and want to get this message out. You can decide. 😉
The reason I wanted to talk about the idea of “God will never give you more than you can handle,” is because it is a bold faced LIE that Satan would love for you to believe. Why does Satan love this? Because it gets people angry at God when they feel overwhelmed and defeated… it causes them to lose trust and faith in God… and it shifts focus from God’s glory to our pain.
So how can a loving God allow us to take on more than we can handle? Goodness this could be a LONG discussion… but I will try to keep it short and simple.
When God created us, He gave us the ability to make our own choices. This was a loving act because it allows us to NOT be robots. Also, if we are going to love God… true love is only chosen. If you force someone to love you it’s not love… it’s slavery… and not love at all.
Because we have the ability to choose, we have the ability to make bad choices. Many people make bad choices and they negatively impact others. Our world is full of a bunch of people making bad choices everyday (guess what…that includes YOU and ME). Therefore, bad things happen. A LOT. And things get overwhelming. Things are more than we can handle.
Honestly… if we were able to handle everything… why would we need God? If we were able to handle everything… why did Jesus die on the cross? If we were able to handle everything… why would we have the Holy Spirit dwelling withing us? If we were able to handle everything… why would we need to pursue prayer or Scripture (aka communion with God)? If we were able to handle everything… why would we need to meet as a body of believers (church)? We are absolutely not able to handle everything on our own.
We can handle NOTHING on our own!
So the idea that God will never give us more than we can handle needs to be thrown out the window! This promotes the idea that we somehow have enough strength within ourselves to do whatever comes our way. And it causes a lot of guilt when we fall short of victory in any area of our life.
Depression is crippling. Miscarriages are crippling. Deaths are crippling. Moving is crippling. Anxiety is crippling. Failure is crippling. Betrayal is crippling. Job loss is crippling. Natural disasters are crippling. Cancer is crippling. Abuse is crippling. Sin is crippling.
These examples and SO MANY more are not just experienced by those who God thinks can handle it. We can’t handle it on our own. It IS more than we can handle. But, here’s the thing…
We were never meant to handle it on our own.
God created us. He knows that we are incapable of anything on our own! God provided Christ because our sin is more than we can handle. God provided the Holy Spirit because living this life is more than we can handle. God provided the church because isolation is more than we can handle. We are in desperate need for help. God will surely allow you to experience more than you can handle…
BUT HE GIVES YOU A WAY TO OVERCOME.
You may be completely laid out, shut down, worn out, insecure, distraught, or depressed… because you will experience things in life that are more than you can handle. BUT, you can choose to tap into the many resources God provides for you to get through those tough times, or do life alone.
Fall. n. the result of doing life on your own
Thank you for following this series! I hope that you have been encouraged and see the value of seeking help. It is okay that you can’t do it on your own… it is normal! Are you ready to seek the support you need? Let’s talk via video for a free 20 minute consultation to see what your next steps are. If you have fallen already, we will find a way to lift you up. If you are on the brink of falling, let’s find what you need to keep you up!
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