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“God will never put more on you than you can bear.” – Bible or Not?
I’m sure many of our readers have heard this popular quote, and wonder where it might be found in the Bible. Well, this is one that kind of isn’t in the Bible, but then again it kind of is. Here is where “God will never give you more than you can bear” comes from in the Bible.
“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.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
So does this verse mean that the hardships and trials of life will not be more than you can bear? Not really. This Bible verse is referring to righteous living and how we deal with the temptations of life. When we are faced with temptations, and we all are, along with the temptation comes a choice. And God has given us His promise that He is faithful to give us the strength to choose the right, and give us a way out of the temptation. The choice is ours, and it is always in our power to resist sin. Jesus has taught us that we must become like Him, conformed to the image of His likeness. And by His Spirit He has given us the power to do just that.
Now what about the idea that God will not allow us to have trials beyond what we can bear? Well, that’s covered in the book of Isaiah: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” – Isaiah 43:2-3 KJV
We also get this promise from the book of Jude: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” – Jude 24-25
What other Bible verses do you know that fulfill the quote that God will not give us more than we can bear? Please share by leaving your “God is faithful” verse as a comment.