Study scripture for yourself
From the time I was a child, there was a phrase that I heard repeated often in the Christian community. It was always when someone was dealing with sickness, death in their family, or other trials that come in this life. The first thing out of people's mouths would be "God don't put no more on you than you can bear." In recent years I have listened as some people precede this slogan with "The Bible says." The truth is this is not in scripture. It also gives a false narrative regarding our heavenly Father which is to suggest that he is "putting" trials and tribulations on us. Some people reference the book of Job where Satan asked permission to torment Job and God allowed him to do certain things but told him he could not take Job's life. This was the story of one Old Testament man of faith and is not a promise that every believer will have similar results. I think of all the faithful people who lost one or more loved ones from COVID. I have yet to hear that the Lord replaced everyone who passes away from this disease. This is why it is important to read scripture for yourself and always understand the context of what you are reading.
The scripture that many scholars believe is the basis for the catchphrase "God won't put no more on you than you can bear" is I Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. This Bible verse is talking about being tempted to sin and not about the number of trials and tribulations we may face. Reverend James Cleveland recoded a song title God won't put no more on you than you can bear." I'm certain that many people over the decades have sung that song and assumed it was the gospel truth without question. Proverbs 4:7 says that in all our getting we are to get understanding. study to show themselves approved (II Timothy 2:15). Believers sit in church services and hear a catchy phrase or purchase a recording from a popular singer and then run with it instead of searching scripture to find out if what they were taught or are singing is correct.
Many times in this life we suffer because of the choices of others and it is not God putting anything on us. In August 1975 my great-grandmother died and with her went part of the income that was in my grandma's household. Two months later the company my grandma worked for burned down. It turned out the owner had set the fire to collect insurance money. The employees also found out that he had been taking taxes from their checks but no paying the Federal Government. He also wasn't paying the premiums on insurance. My grandma and the others lost everything and 3 months later I was accidentally shot. My grandma kept saying she could not take much more after 3 tragedies in 5 months but thankfully she never said God won't put no more on you than you can bear. Each of these situations was separate and one had nothing to do with the other. Even so, they all involved my grandmother who was a strong woman of faith and active in our church.
The Holy Spirit
My daughter's husband suffered PTSD from the Iraq war and one day walked out on her and their 3 children. She was a stay-at-home mom with no income and she had a very hard time getting on her feet. Her credit was ruined, and her husband shut off her cell phone. The heater went out in the middle of the winter and for a time she had no transportation. My husband and I struggled to assist them and put our lives on hold to watch the grandchildren while our daughter looked for employment and after she began working. This was a difficult and stressful time for us all. It was not because God put anything on us. It was because of the way the war, damaged our former son-in-law. Someone whose loved one is killed by a drunk driver is not being tested by God. The bad decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking is the culprit. Seek answers from the scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment. Many of us grew up accepting what we were told without question but things are different today. The rise in preachers fleecing their flocks and teaching false doctrine has more people seeking truth. A word of caution. Just because you find an answer on the Internet does not indicate that it is the right one. This is why you need spiritual discernment and The Holy Spirit will do just that.
© 2021 Cheryl E Preston