Saw this posted on facebook today:
"Whoever said, 'God will never give you more than you can handle' was an idiot."
And you know what? They were - if not an idiot - sadly mistaken.
The "idiot" in question is probably Mother Teresa*, who is quoted as saying,
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
That "proverb" is a mistranslation of 1 Corinthians 10:13, which reads: "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." Note that the word is "temptation", not "trial".
What if God did give us only that which we could "handle". What would that look like? What would that mean?
I'll tell you what it would mean in my life. Woeful, inept, sinful self-sufficiency. Arrogance. Complacency. An affront to the very God who made me and holds every breath of my life in His omniscient, omnipotent, most holy hands.
In the words of one blogger:
Over and over again in the Bible, we see men and women who are given far more than they can handle. . . .God is making it clear that we are not self-sufficient. We cannot just hunker down and power through every situation. And we cannot white-knuckle our way to holiness. We need Him. (taken from Blogging Theologically. Check it out!)
So, what exactly can I handle?
Apparently, God knows. And He will push and push me until I can't handle it anymore, until I run out of myself and run into the arms of Jesus, until I see the marvelous all-sufficiency of Christ.
Out of His great love for me. . . .
I am so grateful.
*note to my faithful blog readers - both of you - no, I am NOT calling Mother Teresa an idiot.
I greatly admire her work among the slums of Calcutta, sacrificing herself for those that Jesus called "the least of these". I'm just making a point. 'Kay?*