God Will Never Put More On You Than You Can Bear

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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.


God Will Never Put More On You Than You Can Bear — 22 Comments

  1. well there’s always I Peter 5:7+
    Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
    Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
    But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
    (kinda says we’re gonna go thru trials, but He’ll help us.)

    I seem to take the verse from Corinthians to mean exactly what you say, but I let the definition of “temptation” to overlap into also meaning tempted to be discouraged. (without checking the greek which I’m sure you did already…) that way, it could mean that He’ll give us a way to escape, not meaning He’ll solve our problems, but more like by living righteously and close to Him, our perspective of our trials alters to being under His control. So we can relinquish the suffering to His purposes, knowing nothing happens to us without His permission.

  2. The concept is backward. You are correct in assessing that we can escape from temptation but He will put on you more than you can handle, BUT with the power of Christ working through you, not of your own strength we are “more than conquerors.” in other words read Romans 8. If our God is for us….
    The problem is when people use the logic that God won’t make your live hard. That theory is laughable at best (see entire bible). He allows trials and hardship to make His glory known (man born blind/life of Paul) and to develop our faith as we learn to trust him through the storms (James 1/Matthew 7: 24-27) tests don’t just prove who we already are, it’s also forces us to grow. If we never face anything “more than we can handle” we will never grow in the assurance of the power of the Fod we serve. I say to you, an untested faith is a shallow faith.

  3. Yes, an untested faith is indeed a shallow faith, and God will surely put us to the test. If you take the “God won’t give you more than you can bear” quote in the context of doing it alone, doing it without Him, then for sure you could easily be overcome by the trials of life – just check the suicide stats. BUT, if you take the quote in the context of being a believer and follower of God, then the promise holds – for the humble followers of Christ, He will give us the power to overcome all things. Sounds like we agree.

  4. 1Corinthians 10:13

    “Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm, at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”

  5. There have been several people that have told me this phrase and when I hear it or see it I want to punch that person. I want to tell them to carry a baby for 9 months just to have him die 3 days before the due date. For me it’s not a matter of handling this. And why would anyone even think or say He(God) will never put more on you than you can handle?! It’s not about that in this case and losing a child is way different from someone crashing into and totaling my car, losing my house to a fire, or finding out I have a tumor. I’m sure they wont want to trade places with me. I’m sure they wont want their child to die. I’m sure they wont want to make arrangements for the memorial. I’m sure they wont want to bury their child. And then live with this pain for the rest of their lives. And even though I am slowly making it day by day this is not something I want to handle and can honestly say that He(God) needs to stop with the tests/trials/tribulations. If being molested and raped by my father, having 4 miscarriages, being involved in an accident where my car was totaled and not an hour later finding out my apartment was on fire, finding out I have a tumor in my parotid (saliva) gland, having to have surgery on both my feet, ex husband who cheated on me with a chaplain assistant, divorce in which I attempted to kill myself and almost succeed isnt enough He(God) has to add this. I think I started to turn away from Him after the divorce because who would allow stuff like this to happen to someone they love…I have tried to keep my faith but I am no longer strong anymore nor do I want to be. My 9 year old son will no doubt suffer as I slip in and out of depression and this now zombie life I am living in. I know life wasn’t supposed to be a bed of roses but I never thought it would be a bed of nails.

  6. Hi Pamela, I cannot even begin to understand all that you have been through and continue to deal with. You are right that this quote, while it is meant to be encouraging, can seem unfeeling coming from someone who has not walked in your shoes. And as one who feels for your situation, I cannot pretend to know how you feel. So what I will do is pray for you.

  7. Dear Pamela, I may not be able to understand everything you are facing but i do know the pain of being molested and raped. I thank God that I have been able to heal and forgive and move on and make peace with God about that point in my life. I have healed and it’s an everyday process because the scar is still there and it won’t fully heal I am praying for you…that God will give you a dawn to your night, and through all of this pain and suffering somehow it will all make sense one day. I knwo God is shaping me everyday and sometimes it hurts so much…but I know that God is faithful and He does make everything work out, I have to believe that, I would go crazy if I didn’t. I also know what it is like to want to take your own life, and to experience horrible depression, but God set me free. He set me free when I gave it over to Him. If you feel like He can’t understand your broken heart, He can “God is close to the broken-hearted and He saves those who are crushed in their spirit.” Psalm 34:18 He sees your hurt and pain and He wants you to give it to Him, only God can heal you…if you want to brush me off and say that I am crazy that is ok, no hard feelings, I feel your pain, not all of it, but some of it, God knows your pain more than anyone else, imagine the day He saw His Son die He does understand, I don’t mean to be insensitive if it came off that way, but no one on earth can fully understand how you feel, no one except God…praying for you

  8. Dear Pamela,
    You have one beautiful reason to go on. Your 9 year old son. If everything else has gone wrong, try to find the strength within yourself for your son. He loves and needs his mom. And you need the love he has to offer. Your suffering is more than you can bear so we will help carry you with our prayers. God bless and be with you and your son.

  9. Pamela,
    I can relate to you in one area. I lost my daughter almost a year ago. On Monday she would have been two years old. Not a day goes by that I dont think of her or miss her, but with God’s help and faithfulness he has made my days bareable and my nights sleepable. When moments came that I felt so alone and lost it was then that I felt him most. When I cried out he heard my cry and provided a comfort and peace that I can not put into words. Trials of this life are more than we can bare alone, but with God he provides a way of escape. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you seek him and experience a personal relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ.

  10. my dear bless you be couragous be strengthen in your mind just say this to GOD you cover me with your blood i surrender all this pain to you all that you are feeling all of it write it on paper put it in an envelope put on the front heaven give this mail 30 days for action lift your faith even if it is small as mustard seed the word say if your faith is small like a grain of mustard seed you pamella can say enough is enough amen stand up for who you believe in i love you but GOD love you more isaiah43;2-3 jude1-24-25 psalm34-18 ilove you you are GODS child trust him with all you got with the pain you feel

  11. My pastor challenge the congregation today to find, “God won’t put on you more than you can bear.” I am 57 years old, grew in the church since birth and have always heard this. Which lead me to this website. My pastor told the congregation that this quote would not be found and I have not found it. I’ve read others comments on this site where they have inserted scriptures that can be interpreted as the quote but less face it, the quote is not there. While on this website I read the comments Pam made and others responding to her. I not heartless Pam, I have watched my daughter go through the same thing you are going through and her 8 year old son swearing at her because of the despression she sufferd losing her child. Get over yourself, it’s not about you, IT”S ABOUT JESUS. Please don’t let your son suffer because you blame God.

  12. my god has put to much on me,lost so many,just lost my son…you go through all this see if you agree with that myth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bullshit

  13. Wow, I can’t imagine your pain and sorrow, and I’m sure there are no words of compfort that I can offer. I will however pray for you that God will see you through, and I’m sure others reading this will do the same. You have our deepest sympathies.

  14. I came across this site as I was kneeling at my bedside washed away in tears. I was crying out to God, asking him how long must I endure, I thought of this popular saying.it occurred to me that l never saw this in the Bible.DON’T GIVE UP.. . God promises that he would never leave us or forsake us. My prayer is that you will seek GOD. He has all of the answers. Read the PSALMS. THEY Have brought me comfort and joy.

  15. What ever you do be careful what you say read Job 18:7 and I hope your understanding will come open

  16. I would like to say to Pamela, be strong. For God is stronger than you will ever be. I also was molested and raped. It is a hard test to endure, but it is also life changing. It is said, how can you be a testimony, if you have never been tested. I must say, that you have definitely been tested, tried and true. But, you must not give up on God. He is and was testing your faith, but it seems to Him, that you are about to give up. This is a crucial time in your life. You have someone to give all that love and joy to you. Think about your son, he needs you. Do it for him, if you don’t do it for yourself. Who will provide for him when you are gone. Who is going to take care of him, and give him the guidance and direction that only a mother can? Think about it. Your son is not giving up on you, so please don’t give up on him. God is there, has always been there, and will always be there. Even when you don’t believe. You are His child, and He will not see you defeated. Just think of His servant Job. Could you have endured all that Job did? I think not. But, Job never lost his faith. He kept believing and trusting in God, that one day He would make it right, and He did. Gave him more than he ever had. Faith is all we have. Don’t give it away.

  17. My wife used to say that she would never loose a child because God would not allow one of her children to be taken from her because she could not bear that. Of course it so happened that our youngest died in an accident at the age of 20. I am grateful to God that He was able to help her and guide her to the understanding that He is with us through ALL trials and tribulations to give us the comfort and strength to endure all things. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor, angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to keep us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 KJV

  18. I read several responses, because I too thought this phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle” was in Scripture..I have gone through two horrific years of testing trials, and Christians deserting me when I needed them most. I have gone through the molestation thing as a child by an adoptive relative, given away like a piece of furniture by biological parents that only cared about themselves. I struggle every day to live the Christian life-and it is not easy. Many many times I have failed to do the right thing, hold to my Lord’s teaching only to fall flat on my face. But then I have days of sheer blessings from the Lord that ease me through whatever. I have felt suicidal as well, and I realize that is extremely selfish and I DO NOT have that right-only God can make that time & place. HIS love is ALL that gets us through this time of valleys! I read the “Footprints” poem to help me each day..especially when I can’t bear to read scripture-God just puts other resources before me-maybe He will you too!

  19. Pamela and Doreen, I feel your pain. I use to quote that saying to people all the time that God would not put more on us then what we can bare, it is not scripture, just a saying from child hood. I was put through many trials as well. I know what it is like to be molested, I know what it is like to loose a son at birth, and bury that child. My husband was in the hospital when i got a phone call from my oldest daughter informing me that my oldest son was killed in a car accident.A year after my son’s death, my husband passed away,four months after my husband passing, one of my brothers passed, four months after his death my brother inlaw, one of my sister end up sick for two years and had to go into a nursing home, her hunband died while she was in the nursing and than her daughter, another brother passed.and another ended up coming to live with me ill. I had to give up my job of 20 years to care for him, I had eight brothers and only two living out of the eight. I know what its like to almost go into forecloser, and loose Christian friends and be all alone. But through it all, I learn to trust God and drawn to him even more. I believe that God will test what is in our hearts. Will we leave him or forsake him because we are suffering a little hardship, will we curse him and die. I went through the fire but it did not burn me. The firey darts came at me, as the word of God said it would, but we have to keep on the armor of God to be able to stand up against every firey dart of the devil. God is there with us as he was with the Hebrew boys when they went through the fire and with Daniel when he was in the lions den. Those words that are not scripture are deceiving, God does allow us to go through,but the good thing is that he is there with us and will never leave us. Stay strong and you are in my prayer. Embraced the Holy Spirit your comforter that Jesus sent to you. God loves you!! And when we face our trials with confidence that God will see us through because he is in each situation with us, as our Angles guard us in all our ways. Put your armor on and stand strong in the lord and in the power of his might. Don’t be upsent with God, he is on your side. I learn so much from the death of my loved ones, I embraced God and he taught me things I did not understand. today I am so happy. I owned three house, I sold one, one is rental, I turn the other one into a business, Assisted Living and brought other clients in with my brother. my sister came home from the nursing home, she now drives herself take care of her grandson of the daughter she lost God will see you through. Stay strong and keep the faith. God will bless those of us who endure until the end.

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