Question:

Hello,

I have heard the saying, "God does not give us more than we can handle" being used quite a lot. Is this biblically correct? I am a Christian and I feel like I am being crushed. I am a teenager, but I cannot enjoy my youth. I have stomach issues, so there are many things that I used to enjoy eating which I can no longer eat. I also have back issues, so there are many physical activities which I can no longer enjoy. Depression is overwhelming me, and I beg God every day to give me my life back. 


Answer:

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13).

This is not talking about difficulties in life but specifically about being tempted to sin. Here God promises that we will not be given a temptation that we cannot resist (though it might not feel that way to you).

Instead, in regards to trials, we find Paul stating: "For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life" (II Corinthians 1:8). Paul went through several very difficult trials and this one clearly was very severe. "Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us" (II Corinthians 1:9-10). God did not prevent Paul and his companions from face the overwhelming trial, but God did rescue them.

I can't say why you are facing the difficulties that you have, but I can say that they can lead you to learn to trust God to take care of what you cannot handle yourself. However severe the trials are, life on earth is short. The hardships are nothing compared to what we can gain in heaven. "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Corinthians 4:17-18).

Thank you for such an encouraging reply. To be honest, I was so distressed in the past few days that I stopped praying and began hating life. But now I am motivated to stand strong in the faith. I realize that the Scriptures contain a lot of encouragement, like in the verses you mentioned. I plan to read the Bible more.

Thanks so much.