Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, AMP).
God won’t put any more on me than I can bear. We frequently overhear people say this. But is it scriptural? It’s often declared when you receive some dreadful news. Beloved, will God who loves and cares about us place a burden on us He never intended us to bear? Will He bring sickness on you hoping you will trust Him? Does the Lord create hardships, so you see His glory? What’s my point, you ask? I want you to know of how the enemy uses such expressions to cause you to think God represents the author of those terrible circumstances you’re enduring. Surely, if He brought such a turmoil in your life, He would have a grand plan in mind. This is what you tell yourself.
A clichè is a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. (1)
The adversary is an expert at using such clichè to make you believe a lie. You may ask why people repeat theses saying? They sound good. These words appeal to the senses. When nothing makes sense, this saying puts it all in perspective. Some are even misquoted from the Bible. But God warns us about such sayings. Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever and shrewd in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:21, AMP). Beloved, something may sound good, but it doesn’t make it the truth. And clichè teach bad theology.
Why would God place a burden on you when He says to thrust all your cares on Him because He’s concerned about you? “casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” (1 Peter5:7). The Lord beckons those who have a heavy burden to come to him. He wants to relieve you of such turmoil. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). The Lord wants to ease your troubled mind. He desires you to experience the peace that surpasses understanding. This would be difficult if you carry a burden. Therefore, stop proclaiming a cliché that’s contrary to the Word of God. Give thought to the meaning behind the expression. Listen carefully and you’ll discover it communicates confusion and not the wisdom of God. Examine such statement and ask yourself does it align with whom Christ is. It’s important to understand what scripture says in various contexts and adhere to God’s Word and not your interpretation of it. Beloved, be careful what you say because words give life to something that the Lord never promised.
Here are some other cliché Christians often say:
Cleanliness is next to godliness
God works in mysterious ways
If it’s God’s will
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it
Will a person be able to rest when they carry a heavy burden God never intended them to have?
What are some other clichés that do not align with the truth in God’s Word?
How does the belief in such phrases show someone has faith in God?
What does it show about someone who believes in such expression’s relationship with the Lord?