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God Won’t Put More on You Than You Can Bear


Sermon shared by David Dykes

August 2012
Summary: This misquote is usually spoken out of kindness, but it can cause great confusion and guilt. God WILL sometimes allow you to suffer more than you can bear--but that’s okay, because His grace is sufficient!
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
much of a crier because my dad subtly taught me that real men don’t cry. As I wept, these precious friends (they’re still my friends) gathered around me and hugged me and prayed for me.

It was my first of several “break downs” I’ve had since. In fact, Cindy can tell you now I cry at anything. We were watching the movie “Seabiscuit” the other night and during the big race as Seabiscuit pulls ahead she was clapping and I was sitting there crying like a baby.

As I look back, I think God did a powerful work in my life when I was 28. He introduced me to the experience of brokenness. To us, a broken dish is worthless, or a broken television is no good, but to God, brokenness makes a vessel more usable. God uses broken things. The little boy brought the five loaves and two fish to Jesus and He broke them in order to feed thousands. When Mary brought the spikenard of perfume to anoint Jesus, the vessel had to be broken before the fragrance filled the room. And the body of Jesus had to be broken before we could be forgiven. My personal prayer continues to be that God will use my life to give Him glory, and I realize I must be broken for Him to do that. I don’t know where I’d be today, if God hadn’t broken me in 1983. I suspect that if I had “toughed it out” and said, “Shake it off, David, remember, God won’t lay more on you than you can bear,” that I probably wouldn’t be here sharing this message with you.

So remember, God will sometimes allow you to suffer more than you can bear–but that’s okay, because His grace is sufficient!
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