Never More Than You Can Bear?

I heard it again this week listening to Christian Talk Radio! The person calling in was sharing how she was going through a difficult patch in life. Then she dropped the bomb! I knew at that moment I would write about that sometime this week. The caller said, “But I know the Bible says God will never put more on me than I can bear.” I wanted to be able to talk to her through my radio but that doesn’t work; I did try! Sometimes our Bible abuse can be devastating to our lives. I hate to break it to you but no where does the Bible ever say life won’t be more than you can bear! The concept is a misunderstanding of 1 Corinthians 10:13 where the Bible does say no temptation will be so great you have to sin, rather there will always be a way of escape, He will show you a way out so you can endure. But the Bible never says the trials of life won’t be so great that you cannot handle them alone. In fact, the opposite is quite true. There are many times in life you won’t be able to make it if you try to do it on your own. Galatians chapter 6 has an interesting picture. In the old King James Version it said bear one another’s burdens. Later in the same passage it says each of us should bear our own burdens. The Greek words translated burdens in those two instances are different words. The one for bear one another’s burdens is referring to a load that is too big for anyone person to carry. We are admonished to put our shoulder under the load and help a struggler or he will be killed from the weight. The word in bear your own burdens is referring to a backpack, a load one person could normally carry. The idea is, everyone needs to take responsibility for our own stuff but their may be times when we either need help or need to give help because life is more than we can bear.



About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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2 Responses to Never More Than You Can Bear?

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a great explanation! You are so good at clearing up passages that are misunderstood or misused! I’m so blessed to be your Misiz!

  2. Gayle says:

    What a great explanation. You are so good at clearing up misunderstood or misused passages! I’m so blessed to be your Misiz.

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