It's not in there!

I am forty four years old and thankfully the majority of those years I have believed in and lived by a Biblical world view... when I haven't that's when grace stepped in - but that's a different post. 

Off and on throughout my walk I have heard this phrase, 'God won't give me more than I can handle'. And while I generally know what they mean, it's often repeated and quoted as if was actual scripture. It could be in the lost book of 2 Hesitations. It is really a twisting of 1 Corinthians 10:13 that talks about God will not allow you to be tempted without providing a means of escape. I think that God will in fact give you more than you can handle so that you will turn to Him instead of looking at your own strength.

Here are some other ones....

'God helps those who help themselves', it's one of most quoted phrase that is not found in the Bible. It is actually a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, from Poor Richard's Almanac in 1757. What is interesting to me is that the Bible teaches the exact opposite. God helps the helpless! Look up Isaiah 25:4

"Spare the rod, spoil the child" , though this was probably inspired by Biblical verses, it does not come from Proverbs or any other part of the Bible. It’s from the long 17th-century poem Hudibras,written by Samuel Butler (1612-1680), a tongue in cheek British poet who enjoyed mocking religious extremists and hypocrites.

"This too Shall Pass", There is no “This too shall pass bible verse” in any
translation of the Bible in existence today. There is a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians that speaks on our troubles not lasting forever and that these troubles and situations that we are faced with actually help to produce a glory that vastly outweighs any of them.

"God works in mysterious ways" is a paraphrase of a 19th century hymn by the English poet William Cowper ("God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform).

"Cleanliness is next to Godliness" was coined by John Wesley, the 18th century evangelist who founded Methodism.

Before we can live by and with a Biblical world view we must know what the Bible actually says... and what it doesn't.