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The Gospel is not “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle” – Part 4 of Jesus Never Said That

John 16:33
Pastor Jon Alexanian

Hello Grace!
It was great to be back with you this past Sunday and I am very much looking forward to celebrating Mother’s day with you this Sunday. As we gather, we will be continuing our series looking at stuff Jesus never said. This week’s phrase, “God never gives you more than you can handle,” just sounds like it has to be true. If we have a good God, a God who loves us and desires the best for us, a God who we understand to be a good father, then how could He possibly want to burden us? No good parent wants to burden their children, and if God is all powerful then of course he wouldn’t burden us with more than we can handle. Logic seems to dictate this statement.

The problem though is that Jesus never said it. Now to be fair, Paul does say something very similar – “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (1 Corinthians 10:13b). But notice, Paul is only saying God will not tempt us beyond what we can handle. Second, notice this is not a broad stroke covering all the problems of the world. Third, he is specifically referring to temptations. And James tells us God never tempts us (James 1:13).

So what does this mean? Does God have no say as to what happens to us? Is God completely impotent to help us? Has God abandoned us to the brokenness of the world? That sure doesn’t sound like good news to me. So is there any hope?

This Sunday I want to further unpack this sentiment, and contrast it with what we know to be true of who our God is. In doing so, I believe that while we will conclude God never promised to give us more than we can handle, we will see he has given us a much greater promise to cling to.

Want to know what it is? Come Sunday – or at least catch the podcast.

Love you church, see you Sunday!
Pastor Jon

Hearts Up: May 10, 2018