All my young adult life, I have heard well-meaning people say things like: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I was always baffled when circumstances came that were way more than I was capable of handling on my own.
When life becomes too much, how do we reconcile that with that familiar phrase?
God won’t give us more than we can handle…right?
There is no verse in Scripture, at least none that I have found, that backs up this common claim.
I am not sure about whether or not God gives you more than you can handle, but I am confident that life indeed hands out more we can deal with in our strength.
So what do we do when life hands us more than we can handle? What do we do when the circumstances are overwhelming us, and we feel like we are drowning in the chaos of our current realities?
I will be open and honest with you and admire that lately, I have felt in over my head. I enjoy being good at things. I REALLY enjoy it. One of my favorite things to do is take something that seems hard and just be good at it. Then I walk away and add it to my list of things I could have mastered if I had wanted to.
Motherhood has not fallen into that pattern for me. It’s work, and I often have no idea what I am doing or what I am supposed to do.
Every time I master some area of motherhood that has been kicking my hind end, another new and challenging habit or obstacle pops up in its place and causes me to miss the last challenge…when things were easy. Or at least that is how I remember them.
Lately, we’ve been clinging to Psalm 34.
Yet when holy lovers of God cry out to him with all their hearts, the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one. Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face. God will be your bodyguard to protect you when trouble is near. Not one bone will be broken. Psalm 34:17-20 TPT
Listen my friend, life will hand you more than you can handle from time to time. That is just inevitable. (John 16:33) There will be seasons where your circumstances exceed your resources, skills or energy.
Here are my tips and encouragement for you should you find yourself currently in over you head with more than you can handle:
Keep your eyes on the Father. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!” Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!” “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?” Matthew 14:27-31 TPT
Don’t let life catch you off guard. We will have seasons where we feel overwhelmed and like everything is just too much. But do you know where to turn when one of those seasons pops up? When stuff goes wrong, where do you turn for hope? This worksheet packet is the perfect tool to point you towards the God who is crazy about you even when things seem to be falling apart. It will walk you through how He is the light even when all we think we see is darkness.
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He is the God of miracles who can do the impossible. (Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37)
Looking straight into their eyes, Jesus replied, “Humanly speaking, no one, because no one can save himself. But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!” Matthew 19:26 TPT
Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!” Luke 1:37 TPT
He is the lifter of our heads. (Psalm 3:3)
But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help. Psalm 3:3 TPT
He has unlimited resources. (Psalm 50:10)
Every animal of field and forest belongs to me, the Creator. I know every movement of the birds in the sky, and every animal of the field is in my thoughts. The entire world and everything it contains is mine. Psalm 50:10 TPT
He is our comforter and our helper. (John 14:26)
But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you. “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! John 14:26-27 TPT
He’s our protector and provider. (Psalm 18:2, Psalm 91, Philippians 4:19)
You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet, like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape, my tower of rescue where none can reach me. My secret strength and shield around me, you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside, always the champion of my cause. All I need to do is to call to you, singing to you, the praiseworthy God. When I do, I’m safe and sound in you. Psalm 18:2-3 TPT
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm. Psalm 91:3-4 TPT
I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ! Philippians 4:19 TPT
He’s the carrier of our burdens. (Matthew 11:28-30)
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:28-30 TPT
Will you experience more than you can handle in this life? Probably.
When you have more on your plate than you can handle, learn to expect God to make up the difference. Expect His help, refreshing and restoration.
The Father is for you! He loves you more than you will ever be able to fathom fully. He is working all things out for your good. If your story or your circumstances aren’t good, then He is not finished.
Life will give you more than you can handle, but there is nothing too big for our Father. You can actually do ALL things through Jesus and His strength. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for and receive some of His strength today.
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All the verses marked TPT shared in today post are taken from one of Mike and I’s favorite translations, The Passion Translation. We love this version and the heart behind it. The best part is the Kindle version is usually available on Amazon for under $10. Last time I checked, it was only $6.99! You can check it out here.