When God Hands Me More Than I Can Bear

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
I Corinthians 10:13
Does God ever give you more than you can bear?

“What a dumb question to ask”, you say, “in light of the verse posted above!”

But look again at that verse.

It is speaking only in the context of temptation.

Walk through the scriptures and it is filled with stories of men and woman who were faced with situations that overwhelmed them.

On their own and apart from God they had much, much more than they could bear.

Let me ask you a question and be honest as you answer it -
If you could handle everything in your life – how often would you call on the Lord?

If life never was too much for you would you grow in your relationship with God?

Remember your child or sibling as they took their first steps?

It was step, step, fall; step, step, fall!

It may have seemed at the time like something as simple as walking was more than they could bear.

But with the steadying hand of mom or dad and a lot of perseverance they got through it.

We must recognize that if we are to do great things for God it requires us to develop that trusting relationship where we learn to rely on Him when difficulties come.

And make no mistake – difficulties will come.

I challenge you to go through the scriptures and find a great man or woman of God who only knew the mountaintop experiences of life.

You won’t find them.

They didn’t exist then and they don’t exist now.

So if you and I settle that question where does it lead us?

It should lead us to God.

When life overwhelms you can run from God or you can run to God.

If you run to Him, persevering through the difficult times under the steadying hand of God, you will grow stronger and He will release more of His power and anointing in your life.  
He gives you more than you can bear so that He can pour more of Himself into you!
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Pastor Stephen Brisson