God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 6/18/2023 10:00 AM

This week will talk about a common phrase we often hear when we're going through tough times: "God won't give you more than you can handle." It's a phrase that is meant to provide comfort and hope, but can also lead to misunderstandings about the nature of suffering and God's role in it. The idea that God dishes out suffering for us to handle alone is a folly we must dispel. Instead, we turn to Jesus, who reminds us that in this world, we will experience suffering, but because he has conquered the world, we can have peace. Let's explore this together and find strength and hope in the midst of our struggles.


  • First Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:12-17
  • Second Reading: John 16:29-33
View Order of Worship

This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Trusting God's Protection: Psalm 20
Tuesday Finding Peace in God's Power: Isaiah 40:27-31
Wednesday Trusting God's Provision: Matthew 6:25-34
Thursday God's Comfort in Affliction: Psalm 34:17-22
Friday God is Our Guide: Psalm 23
Saturday Resting in God's Faithfulness: Lamentations 3:21-26
Sunday Jesus' Call to Take Up Our Cross: Matthew 16:21-26

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, as we begin this new day, we humbly come before you seeking your strength and guidance. Help us to relinquish our reliance on our own abilities and instead trust in your infinite power. Grant us the wisdom to navigate any challenges that come our way, knowing that with you, nothing is impossible. Fill our hearts with peace and assurance, and may your presence be with us throughout this day. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Gracious Lord, as the day draws to a close, we reflect on the trials and triumphs we've experienced. We thank you for your unwavering support and for carrying us through when our strength faltered. As we lay our burdens at your feet, grant us rest and rejuvenation. Fill our hearts with gratitude for your faithfulness and grace. Help us release our worries, trusting that you will continue to guide and protect us. In your loving embrace, we find peace and assurance for the night ahead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question 1: Think of a time where you were in the midst of something difficult and you relied on your own strength.  Did it go well?  Did your strength give out?

  • Reflection Question 2: Think of a time when you were going through something difficult and your strength ran out and you relied on God's. How did that impact/shape your faith?