God Will Allow More Than You Can Bear (Repost)

(This remains my most requested and read post of all times. Apparently many people “Google” search for the verse that says what they think it says.)


I occasionally like to correct a myth I have heard all my life. How many times has someone said to you, “God will never put more trials on you than you can bear”? I challenge you to show me that in the Bible. The problem I have with this myth is that it keeps so many believers wondering why they can’t handle their problems, falsely believing they should be able to, because someone once told them the lie that God would not put more on them than they could.

Yes, we do have the promise that we will not be “tempted beyond what you can bear” (1 Corinthians 10:13), but we need to understand what that verse is saying. It says that God will not allow Satan to bring temptation, or enticement to sin, into our life that is too much for us to say no to it. When we are tempted to sin, God will make a way for us to resist it. That is because He wants us to live holy, just as Christ who calls us is holy.

Consistently, however, throughout the Bible, I read where at times God allowed more trials, more pressure, than His children could bear. Elijah, the powerful prophet of God who held back the rain had a time when the trial must have been bigger than his ability to handle it. Consider this verse: “The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” (1 Kings 19:7) Once when Paul wrote to the people at Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:8), he told them that he and his followers faced trials “far beyond our ability to endure“. David, the great war hero and man after God’s own heart, told the Lord that “troubles without number surround me” and “and I cannot see”. He couldn’t see clearly, because he was overwhelmed with the storms of life! Another time David said “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.”( Oh how I identify with David there!) Jehoshaphat prayed, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12) It sounds to me like he was facing more than he could handle on his own.

Are there times when God allows more troubles in your life than you can bear?

Absolutely! Positively!

If you want to say “more than you can bear without Him”…I’m okay with that. If you need to say “more than you can handle alone”…that’s fine. Just make the qualification, because it’s confusing without it.

If you can accept my testimony as an example, let me tell you that sometimes life throws more at me than I can handle, at least more than I can handle alone. The reason God allows you and I to experience times when we are consumed by trials, when they are bigger than our own strength can handle, is so that we have no where else to turn, except towards Him. We are faced with one solution, and that we realize Christ is our only hope!

After Paul wrote that his trial was bigger than his ability to endure, he offers an explanation. “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9) He recognized that this overwhelming time of trouble, that he couldn’t handle alone, had caused him to focus more on the power of God, and allow God to work His perfect will.

Are you being challenged beyond your ability to endure? Don’t believe the lie that you can do it alone! Satan would love you to try to do it without God’s help. But, you can’t! You aren’t able! Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing!”

Did you get that point? Nothing!

Don’t try anything today…this year…in your life…without relying on the power of God! He knows you’re weak, but He is available to help, if you will call upon Him! When we are at our weakest, He is strong!

I did a follow up to this post HERE.

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16 thoughts on “God Will Allow More Than You Can Bear (Repost)

  1. Ron! As I read this post, I am reminded of a verse from the book of Prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 12: “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?" (verse 5). This particular verse comes as a God's answer to prophet's petition before God. Similarly in our life, God allows more than what we can bear in order to stretch ourselves beyond our 'comfort zone' and blesses us with more than what we could imagine.

  2. I can see why that is such a popular post. It's a game changer! The truth is, if we could "bear" it, we wouldn't need Him. When it's more than we can bear, we need Him.

    Powerful post! Thanks for posting it!

  3. Amen, Ron. I can personally attest to the fact that for the last four years I've been going through that with my marriage and it's really more than any one man can do…alone. WIth Him, it's been a trial and unfun and I wish it would just end, but He's given me the strength and the hope to continue on doing what it says in Ephesians 5.

    I think another one is that "all we need is God". I would disagree with that one as well. I am borrowing this from someone else; it's not my original thought. If all we needed was God, then why would we need the body? Why would we need each other? Why should we ask fellow believers for prayer? Look at Adam. He had probably the most complete and perhaps intimate relationship with God and God Himself said that He realized that Adam was lonely and that it was not good and He made Adam a helper; someone suitable for him to help him.

    Referring back to my original point about my marriage, it's God that gives me the strength to continue on, but it's been the body and friends and outside resources that God has used that has helped me go from being a "bad" husband to a great husband, totally committed to my wife regardless and unconditionally.

  4. Amen! There have been numerous times He has brought me through serious trials. Never abstractly, though. Always with a focus. I have always had problems with insecurity, he puts me through trials that push me in that area. Each time I go through one, it is always intense! The difference is that with each one, I learn more about myself and more about trusting Him. The intensity remains the same, but my reactions differ! I grow, He and I must communicate to get through it, so we get closer. My insecurities get smaller, I get stronger.
    Trials need to be bigger than we are, otherwise, we'll never find out where we need to grow.
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    • James 1:13 tells us " when under trial, let no one say, "I am being tried by God", for with evil things God can not be tried nor does he himself try anyone. So his not putting through trials that push you in anything either

  5. Ron, I can understand the popularity of your post. This is an often misunderstood concept which you have so well re-framed. Thanks for the message.

    Me+God = Able to endure anything.