Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"I am having a hard time with this, Chaplain"

An excellent piece at the Daily Episcopalian, written by an Episcopal Hospital Chaplain (Rev. Marshall Scott) explores the cliche: "God won’t give you more than you can handle." Read it here.

An excerpt:
“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This is another of those axioms that most folks think is found somewhere in Scripture. It’s like “The Lord helps those who help themselves,” a saying so pervasive in our culture that it has its own aura of authority. Everyone says it, so it must have an authoritative source; and since the subject is God, the source must be Scripture.

Like to many other common sayings about God, though, this one doesn’t really paint God in that good a light. Perhaps we wrestle with the second half of the saying, “more than you can handle;” but I have a great deal more trouble with the first: “God won’t give you.” It continues that belief (and, honestly, one that can be based in Scripture) that God is directly and personally responsible for each event in our lives, both the blessings and the injuries.

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