Candace Cameron Bure was joined on her podcast by Tara-Leigh Cobble to discuss the importance of reading God’s Word directly from Scripture as opposed to believing popular repeated lines that often misrepresent the true meaning of the Bible verse. According to The Christian Post, Bure and Cobble agreed that there are many “false popularized phrases that often lead Christians astray.”
One such phrase that is often misconstrued, said Cobble, is “God’s never going to give you more than you can handle.” Cobble brought listeners back to the real verse the phrase comes from which is about temptation, citing verse 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (ESV)
In response to those who repeat and believe the one-liners on social media, Cobble said, although it sounds good, it is not true. Cobble explained, “No, that is not the Bible! He does give you more than you can handle because other people can shoulder it [with] you.” She added that for Christians to believe they have to go through something alone leads them into “a state of despair” as they feel they can’t reach out to others for help, when in reality they should be seeking support from others to help them get through struggles.
Bure reminded listeners that wisdom comes from the Word of God, and Christians must always refer to that when determining whether a popular phrase is accurately represented. She shared her own experience of how listening directly to God’s Word has changed her lifestyle and perspective.
Sharing her own experience, Bure recalled getting herself ready for the day noting that she puts on her clothes, lipstick, make up, and shoes. Reflecting on her routine and God’s Word, Bure realized that she should be “putting on” kindness, compassion, humility, gentleness and patience.
Reading and listening to the real Words of God is not only important for accurately getting to know Him and what He tells us, but it helps us grow in our faith and build a stronger relationship with God as well.