About that ‘not breaking’ thing

treeThe other day I was driving along, listening to Christian radio– there are two stations on my radio dial– flipping from one to the other, discontent with one light ‘pop’ lyric after another.

This one from Group 1 Crew is one of several that I shuffled past quickly.

Don’t fear when you go through the fire
Hang on when it’s down to the wire
Stand tall and remember what He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break…

It’s a good song, one I’ve liked in the past.  But that day all I could think of was the people who had broken in time of misery, of the deliverance that sometimes doesn’t seem to come, not on this earth, anyway.  What about when the pain on this earth IS more than we can bear?

I choose to believe that amid all the pain there is some greater plan that I cannot yet see.  I choose to believe that God sees me and hears my cry, that someday I will see my Savior face to face, that He will wipe away all my tears, and that He cherishes each of my precious ones in the same intimate way.  But oh, my heart hears and understands the raw misery in the post Levi wrote today:  Strike Heaven Upon the Face


  1. I just read the blog and have learned what great work Levi and his wife are doing! How amazing!!! I am a mother of two adopted daughters from Ethiopia and love them dearly. I do question sometimes the hardship they have suffered and how life is now better for them but they have lost their birth country and birth family!. So great that someone is trying to keep the orphaned children in Ethiopia. What a blessing to the widowers to be able to love these children! I will definitely be supporting this cause for Ethiopia’s children and widows!!!!

    • The Benkerts do absolutely wonderful work in Ethiopia! I got to meet them last summer and heard about their project then. I hope folks will check out their website if you haven’t already.

  2. The verse that we so often get this misnomer from is in reference to temptation, not pain. “He will not give you more than you can bear…” When it comes to pain living in a sinful world we are all given more than we can bear from day one, our sin nature alone is more than anyone can bear. That said, He does not leave us to just break and suffer alone for no reason. His promise is that he would be WITH us, never leaving or forsaking. I’m sure that in the midst of trouble if you asked Levi and his wife they would know this promise to be true, in every trial and every pain. His very self WITH US. It makes me sad that so much of what you hear on Christian Radio is not very well grounded in what the Bible actually says.

  3. Wendy, I think you’re right — I also believe people are misapplying that verse. And I always cringe when people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” WRONG! He often does give us more than we can handle — more blessings, and often more pain. I am humbled by Christians from different countries or circumstances who maintain their faith when those trials would quickly “break” many of us comfortable U.S. Christians. I pray that we would cling to him like our persecuted brothers and sisters do.