This Is More Than I Can Handle


“This is more than I can handle!!!”

Have you ever felt that way?

We are in the midst of a new sermon series titled “Straight Outta Context”.

In this series, we are looking at verses from the Bible that are often either misquoted or taken completely out of context.

This week we looked at the phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle”.

I’m sure you noticed that I said “phrase’ because not only is this out of context, but it’s actually not even in the Bible.

I briefly preached on this in my sermon this past Sunday (you can check it out on our Sermon’s page and is titled “Straight Outta Context, Part 3”).

As I pondered over the preaching from this past Sunday, I couldn’t help but realize that at some point or another, we have ALL felt like “this” is more than I can handle”, which inadvertently leads to the added thought/supposition “maybe I am not supposed to do this” or even “I can’t do this”.

I realize that everyone’s “this” is different. Maybe your “this” is:

• “I can’t make this marriage work any longer”
• “I can’t raise this child correctly”
• “I can’t get this business going”
• “I can’t get this business to grow”
• “I can’t get this Church to grow”
• “I can’t seem to get this contract or bid”
• “I can’t seem to beat this addiction”
• “I can’t write this article”
• …

If you have ever found yourself in a situation where you find your self saying, “This is more than I can handle”, I have good news and bad news for you.

First the bad news.

It IS more than you can handle! And while we are talking about bad news, let me also add that God NEVER said He wouldn’t give you more than you could handle. HE DEFINITELY WILL!!

Now for the good news.

God will never give you more than He can handle. You are not meant to handle it alone – in fact, none of us are.

Paul, one of the greatest Apostles arrived at a point in his life when he felt like “this” was more than he could handle.

God’s answer to Paul was “My grace is sufficient for you, and in your weakness my strength will be perfected”

Paul would later write, “I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength”

So maybe in our own strength “this” is too much for us to handle. But with God,

• You can make this marriage work
• You can raise Godly kids
• We can grow this Church
• You can grow your company
• You can get those bids or contracts
• You can beat that addiction
• Yes, you can even write this!

The next time some well meaning Christian tells you “God will never give you more than you can handle”, feel free to correct them and let them know, “yes, He will”. And don’t forget to add:
“… but He’ll never give me more than He or we (Him and I) can handle.