Ephesians 3One of the most contrived ideas inside of Christianity is the one that says, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” That’s garbage. I’ve said it before, and a ton of people have written about it, but nowhere in the bible is there scripture that supports the idea that God will never give you more than you can handle. On the contrary, we can read situation after situation, in the bible, in which a person is given a task they obviously weren’t capable of accomplishing and were forced to go to God. Some have used 1 Corinthians 10:13 to support the idea, but that verse is speaking specifically to God not allowing us to be tempted beyond what we can bear in the area of idolatry and sexual immorality. It speaks directly to God’s good grace and mercy to provide an escape in those situations.

While it may not be true that He won’t give you more than you can handle, what is true is that He gives far more than you deserve. If you’re Christian you know that what we deserve is death. If you’re not Christian, Romans 3:23 tells us that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Because of that, in Romans 6:23 we’re told that the wages of that sin is death. That’s what we deserve; death. But God, in His infinite grace and mercy, desires better for us. He desires communion with us. And because He desires that we share eternity with Him, we’re promised that He is able to “do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” We deserve death, but He promises life. And it’s not only life, but an abundant life and a life everlasting.  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we’re given the opportunity to receive the promise of life eternal spent in His presence. He willingly gives far more than we deserve.

That means He gives immeasurable grace, infinite mercy, boundless forgiveness, incalculable faith, unlimited hope and a love that knows no breadth, or depth, or width or height. And He offers that to all of us; no matter your past, regardless of your present and despite how you perceive your future. There’s nothing that can be considered “too much” for Him to undo. There’s no distance that is “too far” for Him to reach across. And you’re not the one person that’s done something “too bad” for Him to forgive. Life will hand you more than you can handle, but God will hand you more than you deserve.

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