There’s a phrase floating around out there I’m tired of hearing. It goes like this…

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

People often try to throw it back in God’s face when life has presented them with a situation that seems to be more than they can handle. If God responded to that saying, I think He might say, “I never said that.”

Let me make this very clear: that saying is NOT Biblical!

That phrase is about as Biblical as “God helps those who help themselves.” Also a lie.

The phrase about Him not giving us more than we can handle is actually an unfortunate twist of an actual verse in the Bible. I believe it stems from 1 Corinthians 10:13…

“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.”

There’s a big difference between what the Bible is actually saying and what American culture is trying to make it say.

Last Sunday, as I taught about Israel facing Jericho, I had an opportunity to lay this phrase to rest…