There are many proverbs that we have embraced that we believe to be “biblical” but in fact are not. For instance; the saying, “God helps those who help themselves” is found nowhere in scripture and is in fact unbiblical. The truth is, “God helps the helpless.”
Another unbiblical concept that many have embraced is, “God will never let you go through anything beyond what you can endure.” That my friend is another unbiblical proverb. People get this idea from 1Corinthians 10:13 which is actually saying that God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can endure. This is a promise in regards to resisting sin.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV.
The above text is basically saying that when you sin it is because you choose to sin, not because God didn’t give you a way of escape.
Regarding going through trials greater than we can endure Apostle Paul wrote: “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,” 2 Corinthians 1:8, 9, NKJV.
Paul’s message was that God indeed allowed him to go through more than he could humanly endure in order that he might trust in the God who can rescue us from death itself.
Later Paul would put it this way… “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, NKJV.
When Jesus becomes our very life we have no fear of even death.