There’s a self-soothing saying I’ve heard for most of my life:

“God will never give you more than you can handle.”

It’s a bit of psychological gamesmanship, a way of shoring up our courage when we are facing a difficult season – I can do this! If God allowed it, I must be able handle it!

It’s just that in practice, I’ve found this little maxim to be patently false.

God loves to give me more than I can handle. In fact, I believe that one of the ways God loves me is to throw me headlong into way more than I can handle.

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I was created to live in ongoing connection and dependency on my Creator, but my sin-nature rebels against that designed posture of need. I want to be the hero of my own story and the author of my own narrative. And so I regularly find myself blindly wandering out on my own, seeking to live, create, and work beyond the scope of my God-dependent design.

So if finding myself in over my skis ultimately drives me back to Him, God will gladly give me far more than I can handle…because He loves me.

What are you dealing with in your life and your work today that feels too heavy for you to bear? You and I were made to live in daily dependence on God, and anything He does to nudge us back there is His grace at work in our lives.

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Erik Cooper | The Stone Table