God will not give you anything you can not handle.
More closely allied to “don’t worry, you will live through this” and “whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
Actually, people go mad, commit suicide without committing mortal sin, are abandoned by their spouses and have children die. We often face things that are more than we can handle, at least for some period of time.
The most egrarious example of this at work was the lady I listened to talk about how everything had gone wrong for her, then a lady had died and left a perfectly good husband and lots of insurance money and she had married into a great place and had been happy. She, of course, did not dwell on the fact that wife number one had died.
Now there is a true principle.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No.” Romans 8:35,37
Perhaps more recognizably:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
None of the things that happen can separate us from the love of God, or prevent the resurrection or God’s ability to bring us safely home. But that does not mean that we don’t die or have things almost as severe happen to us on the way there.
So, is a depression or a recession possible or can we avoid such things because after all, God won’t make it too hard (or make us cross the plains on foot or allow mobs to run us out of our homes or let Christ be crucified … or did He?).
Ok, this one is too serious, guess I need to tackle a lighter annoying false doctrine next time.
Written on Decembere 18, set for later posting to keep the schedule moving 😉