Recently, in trying to encourage a friend who is facing some really hard struggles, I used the phrase that “God will never give you more than you can handle”, but I just learned that that is not exactly true. This article explains it and I guess what I meant to say is that “God may give us more than we can handle alone, but with Him and His help, He will help us endure anything – because of who He is.” In fact, the article put it this way:
“God will give us more than we can handle—but not more than he can…God will give you more than you can handle so that his great power might be displayed in your life. Indeed, a greater weight of glory is still to come: “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17).
You might not consider overwhelming sufferings to be “light” and “momentary,” but think of your trials in terms of a trillion years from now. In the middle of affliction, sometimes the most difficult thing to hold onto is an eternal vision. Paul isn’t trying to minimize your affliction; he’s trying to maximize your perspective.
Suffering doesn’t get the last line in the script. In this life, God will give you more than you can handle, but the coming weight of glory will be greater than you can imagine.”