Let's take it one step further. What if you're not wrestling temptation, but you are struggling with grief, loss, and tribulations? Will God give you more than you can handle? Will your life be smooth-sailing and without opposition? Even more important, are you able to save your own self and not need rescued?
From my past experience of enduring horrific trials, I believe that God will give us more than we can humanly manage. Of course, it is not meant to hurt us or frustrate us. Rather, the reason God gives us more than we can bear is because He wants to build our character, stretch our faith, and take our adverse circumstances to powerfully use for good in our lives.
Despite our broken marriages, sickness, disappointments, and pain, God is still good. He is still sovereign. He is still faithful. He can use any negative situation in our lives to be transformed into a positive blessing where the Lord will receive all of the glory. "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power, because you created all things; they came into existence and were created because of your will." Revelations 4:11 (NIV)
When we analyze the Bible for facts, we come to this conclusion...if God gave us what we could manage on our own, we would not need to:
- Pray for a miracle.
- Trust Jesus Christ or believe He is who He says He is.
- Lean on the divine intervention of our heavenly Maker.
- Wait in expectation for Him to work powerfully in and through our lives.
- Embrace the Lord's grace, mercy, or forgiveness.
- Receive the free gift of Jesus' eternal salvation to save us from our sins.
It appears that God will give us more than we can handle so that we will cling to Him who is our anchor of hope. He is steering our ship in deep waters that are raging, yet He will keep us afloat. Similar to a lighthouse, Christ shines His brilliant light even in storms tossing us to and fro. He is our Rock who will rescue us and keep us from sinking.
In the Bible, Paul reminds us that even during our darkest moments, the Lord can work powerfully in our lives for a higher purpose. Paul writes, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance , character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)