God delights in giving you more than you can handle. That sounds just the opposite of a popular cliche tossed around by many Christians who say, “God will not put on you more than you can handle.” But that hasn’t been my experience in life and in my walk with God. I’ve been overwhelmed by tasks many times, and I’m certain you have as well. The truth of God’s Word is, He will confront us with challenges that are way over our head. And because God delights in giving you more than you can handle, you need to be strong and courageous. Take Joshua, for example, at the time leadership was transitioning from Moses to him. This is what God spoke to him,
“No man shall [be able to] stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5-7
Joshua was handed the reigns of leadership over hundreds of thousands of people, and he probably felt anything but “strong and courageous,” but that is the requirement when you are challenged with an overwhelming task or opportunity. Joshua was able to rise to the occasion because he had God’s promise, he understood the mission, he knew where to keep his focus (“the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left”), and he wanted to prosper. God will give you more than you can handle, but he will also give you what you need to handle it. And Joshua did prosper in the overwhelming, more-than-he-could-handle task.
So if you are faced with an overwhelming task or opportunity, don’t think it’s not from God and don’t shrink back in fear. It may be from God to grow you and show you how God will come through for you. As you take on what looks impossible or daunting and walk in obedience to God, God will take it on with you. God will join in those things you consider more than you can handle and the reason He does is so when the victory comes, you will tell the world, “It was all God!”