Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina—a congregation that averages more than 18,000 people during weekend services at seven campuses throughout South Carolina. In addition to teaching at his church, he is a nationally known speaker who travels the country to address thousands of people at conferences and other events. Perry is the author of Unleash!—the source of this week's readings. Learn more about Perry and his ministry at perrynoble.com.
What he Said … A Misguided and Damaging Belief
Having served in ministry for more than two decades, I've seen a common idea that simply isn't true dominate the landscape of the church. And in my opinion, it's one of the most damaging beliefs a Christian can hold.
Here's the false idea: "God will never give you more than you can handle."
I suspect we've all had this concept pitched to us at some point as one of the key principles of the faith. We've heard it from the lips of other Christians; we've read books about it; we've seen the phrase on bumper stickers. But I'm telling you, it simply doesn't ring true—from the standpoint of human experience or from God's Word. When we buy into this false idea, it only leaves us confused, frustrated, and angry.
The truth is, God often allows us to face more than we can handle. But it's not because he's cruel or heartless. It's so we'll stop trying to live life on our own strength and learn to depend on his.