We’ve all heard the cliché, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” But sometimes He does. It seems unfair and unreasonable to us when life’s burdens become so cumbersome that we literally feel that we are on the verge of breaking or collapsing. I have been at this point a few times in my life, one being more recent.
“God Is Faithful and WIll Not Let You Be Tried Beyond Your Strength”
The verse many Christians use to justify that every cross is meant to be carried without complaint and will full compliance (even holy resignation) is from 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” The main problem with this verse is that the trial is compared to temptation in some translations.
It’s true that God permits suffering, though He does not create it. Sometimes, in our lives, it feels punitive and cruel to continue feeling as if we are crushed under the weight of our own crosses with little to no reprieve or respite. Many of you know that our daughter, Sarah, has a rare genetic condition called Apert syndrome. The first three years of her life were riddled with surgeries, especially corrective orthopedic ones to separate her fingers and toes, as well as craniofacial reconstructions to open up her cranial plates that had been fused before birth.