Friday, August 24, 2007

The Lord won't put more on your shoulders than you can bear...

Last night, on ABC news with Charles Gibson, I listened to a story of the Hubbard family who has lost their second son in Iraq, just three years after their oldest son died. The Hubbard's other two sons, Nathan and Jason, enlisted to honor Jared. Nathan died when his Black Hawk went down. Jason is now being sent home. My heart goes out to this family.

I support the war effort. I don't believe we can turn our backs on Iraq and leave. There is more to it than that. But when I hear a story like that, I can't imagine the pain that family is enduring.

I've always lived by this phrase: "The Lord won't put more on your shoulders than you can bear."

I'm sure you've all heard the same, or similar. Until recently, I didn't worry if it was scripture or not, I just took it as the truth. However, a while ago my mother in law, Angela, questioned me about this phrase - is it scripture? Or is it a phrase some guy just made up?

Good question. Because if it's some thing some guy (who thinks he's a genius) made up, I probably won't use it again. If it's scripture, then I feel I can rest easy. No matter what trials are set before me, my family, or my friends, that phrase will be centered in my mind and heart.

Ever since Angela posed this question, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. At church on Wednesday, I asked one of the elders about it. Dave rephrased it and thought it was a scripture from Timothy.

Well, I've looked in Timothy. First and Second. I've looked in Isaiah, Micah, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I've looked in Peter. I looked in James --

I thought I'd found something there, but that wasn't it.

I've found a plethora of other scripture I've been needing to read. Much has hit home with me and how I handle things.

However, I can't find a scripture that states "The Lord will not give us more than we can bear" or some thing to that effect...

I will continue to search, but I would like to ask for help. If you know where this scripture is - or if it exists, will you please leave me a comment here? And if I find it, I'll post an update.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and assistance in this search.

Take care in Christ and remember the Hubbard family in your prayers.


  1. Intriguing question, Christy. One that's got me searching. If I find anything, I'll let you know. I'm fairly certain it is not a verse. Otherwise, it'd be one we'd all have committed to memory. The message within it, though, could very easily have come out of Job.
    Missy, your husband's the preacher. Maybe he can shed some light on this topic.

  2. 1 Corinthians 10:13
    "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

    This is the verse I think that statement came from, but it has been twisted over the years. It is actually referring to temptation. We have the power to overcome our own temptation to sin. However, I do believe we will have to suffer burdens that may seem too much for us to bear. His only promise in this is that we will not suffer this burden alone. God will go through it with us and He will not forsake us. In fact, he charges us to take up our cross and bear it.

    Matthew 10:38
    "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me."

    Matthew 16:24
    "Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

  3. I asked my hubby, and he agrees with Jenn. That's the scripture people are usually talking about when they use that phrase.


  4. Good job, ladies. I knew we'd get to the bottom of this.

  5. Awesome Jennifer! Thank you Mindy and Missy for your inquiries and research too!

    Dave, the man I mentioned at church was thinking of the same scripture - because he also mentioned "temptation" in the wording. He was just in the wrong book.

    Thanks so much!

    I knew coming to y'all when I was stumped was the right thing to do.