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Pastor’s Desk: ‘The Bible doesn’t say that’

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 5:42 pm

Pastor Marcus Blair, Grandview Baptist Church

“God won’t put more on you than you can bear.” I’ve heard that saying many times in my life. It sounds biblical, but it is not: the Bible never says that.

This one is based on a scripture that sounds a lot like it. Turn to 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

It’s been misquoted a lot over the years. Notice it does not say God won’t give you more than you can bear. It speaks specifically about temptation, and how every time you are tempted there is a way out. It does not speak to circumstances in your life and how hard life might get.

The Bible NEVER promises that God won’t put more on your shoulders than you can stand. In fact, it says the opposite – there ARE times when life can become too much.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

We tend to think of the Apostle Paul as one of the mightiest Christians to ever live and what does he say about this? They were so utterly burdened beyond what they could bear, they despaired of life! I can relate, can’t you? Just because we end up surviving something does not mean it won’t take its toll. Sometimes life can pile on you and pile on you until you say, “I’ve had it with life! I’m done!” The prophet Elijah reached that point.

Paul says it felt like a death sentence, times got so hard. But brethren, this is the wonder of it all, the beauty of it. This is why I can’t stand the phrase “God won’t put more on you than you can bear.” It takes the punch and power out of the next statement. Read with me and see why it’s important to know that sometimes life WILL be too much.