“You can’t handle the truth,” was a famous line from the movie A Few Good Men with actors Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. In the scene, where this line was forcefully blurted out, Jack Nicholson’s character was on the witness stand in a military court and Tom Cruise’s character was the interrogating attorney begging for the truth on a particular matter to which Nicholson finally blurted out, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”
So often we put God on the stand and interrogate Him, asking for things that we think will be the ultimate proof of His existence, love, favor, etc. We want a sign, a miracle, an audible voice. “Surely if God spoke to me with an audible voice I would hear and can truly believe and follow Him.”
But could we really handle that? Just maybe God in His infinite wisdom has given us just the amount of revelation we could handle of Him in our finite, temporal beings and lives. Any more than that, may overwhelm us.
To add greater depth to this and put it in real context, I’d like to share the following quote from Charles Spurgeon, who said,
“WE COULD NOT HANDLE ANY GREATER KNOWLEDGE ON THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY…Because If we knew more of our own sinfulness, we might be driven to despair; if we knew more of God’s glory, we might die of terror; if we had more knowledge, unless we had equivalent capacity to understand and employ it, we might be tormented with ambition.
BUT UP THERE [when we get to heaven]…We shall have our minds and our systems strengthened to receive more, without the damage that would come to us here from over-leaping the boundaries of order, supremely appointed and divinely regulated.”
Enough said! I encourage you today to be thankful for what God has given you, revealed to you, exposed to you, and assigned to you. He knows exactly what you can handle.
YOUR TURN: comment and tell me what you think! 😊