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Marka Acton wrote:

Hi, guys —

A phrase used quite often is:

"God will not give us more than we can handle."

It is usually used in reference to loss, pain, or suffering. When trying to find the verse in the Bible, I find such a phrase regarding temptation, but not sorrow.

  • Someone thought that it came down through tradition but they weren't sure how.
  • Another suggested it came through the writings of a Saint.

  • Is this an improperly used phrase or does it have a basis somewhere that I have been unable to locate?


  { What is the source of the phrase: God will not give us more than we can handle? }

Paul replied:


I don't know exactly where that phrase came from, but it does seem to have have Scriptural foundation. Just read the book of Job.

I think maybe we should see its truth in the context of the faithful, as in:

"All things work together for the good to those who love God." (Romans 8:28)

The faithful are offered the grace to withstand anything — even death of a loved one or the death of the self. Ultimately, that faith leads to the resurrection which is the center of the Christian faith.



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