13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
2 Samuel 12-13 – Nathan Rebukes David
I meet with a couple of very good friends every couple of weeks or so, whenever our schedules can all match up. We basically have a little sit-down, informal discussion on how we are doing and how our relationship with the Lord is. It’s been a very healthy thing for me to do, especially of late.
Going to these meetings, the ‘leader’ gets these little handouts for us. It’s called Men of Integrity. Can be found here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/moi/
Anyway, I was reading through it last week sometime, catching up on a few of the articles in there when I got to this one by Perry Noble. It is as follows:
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.
Key Study Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
The little booklet has articles like this set up on a daily basis. This particular one was dated April 7. The 1st anniversary of Masons death.
I’ve always heard that God won’t give you more than you can handle. Maybe that’s not true. I guess God won’t give you more than He can handle. That sets the bar pretty high, cause He can handle anything. Everything.
So, maybe I’m wrong, but my interpretation of that is that God will overload us to teach us a lesson. Just like he taught David a lesson. Again, I’m no angel. I’ve done some bad things in my life. But, I think I could have gotten by with an easier lesson. I’m still not sure what the ‘lesson’ is supposed to teach me.
All I know right now is that I am in a very dark place right now. I spend too much time alone, away from my family. During my time away, I have an idle mind. Idle minds are a dangerous thing.