If you've been a Christian for half a minute, you've encountered hardship. Shoot, if you've been a HUMAN for half a second, you've endured hardship.
It rains on the just and the unjust.
But if you've been a Christian who endured hardship, you've probably heard the pretty little Sunday School answer to trials-- "God won't ever give you more than you can handle!"
I'm going to take a moment and tell you why that is absolutely false.
I am going to go out on a limb here, and say that most of us, at some point or another, have found ourselves in a situation that was much more than we could handle.
In fact, I believe that's the point. The point is....life is more than we are created to bear. If you were amazing at handling everything life threw at you, then you wouldn't need Jesus...right?
"God won't give you more than you can bear."
Tell that to the single mom, widow or widower, parent who just buried their child, person who just got the news that their illness is terminal, the list goes on and on.
Sometimes, life is just more than we can bear.
That is why Jesus said: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
The idea that we will never encounter more than we are able to handle gives the idea that we, within ourselves, are responsible for making it through. It gives the idea that we are able to carry ourselves through life.
On the contrary! The Bible teaches this: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah." (Psalm 46:1-3)
The earth removed? The mountains carried into the sea? Roaring waters? Sounds like more than I can bear. BUT GOD is my very present help when I feel like the whole earth is moving underneath my feet. Hallelujah for that!
So, yes. Sometimes you will face more than you can bear. But, friend, glory in this: Jesus is there every step of the way. He is your help in every time of trouble. All we have to do is come to Him, and He will give us rest. And He will handle whatever we can't.