What the Bible Doesn’t Say

The young woman sat down in my office and said, “I’m completely overwhelmed.”  She then began to catalog several very real sources of worry and fear:  her own health problems, health problems in other members of her family, job stress.  She looked at me and said, “I know God says that he’ll never give us more than we can handle, but this is more than I can handle!” 

I looked at her and said, “That’s not in the Bible.”  “It’s just one of those sayings that some people find helpful.  People think it’s in the Bible but it’s not.  Personally, I don’t think it’s very helpful at all.”

A look of relief washed over her face.  “That’s not in the Bible?!”  “Nope.  What the Bible says is that God will help us through every difficulty, that God will be by our side when we face challenges and setbacks.  People are given more than they can handle all of the time – that’s why we need God!”

The Bible also doesn’t say:

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“When God closes a door, he opens a window.”

And many other sayings which some people find helpful…

The woman left my office, still feeling weighed down by the burdens she’s carrying, but experiencing less of a crisis of faith.  She had thought of her current life circumstances as some sort of a test given by God, a test she was failing. 

What if God isn’t the Great Assistant Principal in the Sky, the One who doles out tests and punishments, but rather the Friend who says, “Let me carry your books.  Come over to my house and study tonight.  I’ll make you dinner.  We’ll get through this together.”

15 thoughts on “What the Bible Doesn’t Say

  1. Jim

    Love the “Great Assistant Principal in the Sky” analogy! Great food for thought and contemplation this week. Thanks! – Jim



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