God never gives you more than you can handle?!
Posted by Rod Neufeld on July 23, 2015
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
Always heard that growing up and never really got it because it seems that I always got more than I could handle. It always seemed I was tempted beyond what I could handle. So, what’s up with that? We see temptation and struggle throughout all of our lives and some people succumb to it. Some people give up on God, family, etc.
The first problem here is so often when life happens in a bad way or we are tempted in our weaknesses we often drop God and panic. We focus solely on the problem and not even consider a solution. The world is very good at this and helps us make these bad choices. You see, our culture is getting worse and worse with only dealing with the symptoms of issues and never really going after the root of the problem.
It’s like living a lie. As the lie grows it becomes more twisted and complex. You find yourself having to tell more and more lies to continue the cover up of the original lie. What will it take to get out of that situation? Come clean about the original lie. That, my friends, is gonna hurt…..A LOT! It is not just hard to do, it is buried so deep sometimes that it takes some digging to get it out. But, there is also relief in coming clean.
So when trouble or temptation comes, its best to find the root and deal with it appropriately.
This brings us to the second problem.
You see, we often only read part of a verse then make a slogan out of it without truly understanding it. What does the second part of the verse say? “But will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
So, we are not to take the burden upon ourselves and run about worrying and panicking. We are to take it to the only one who can help, the one with an escape plan! God!
He has an escape plan, a solution for our troubles. That doesn’t mean it will be an easy fix. God doesn’t work that way. The thing is, we need to turn to prayer first. Our Father wants to help. We often mistake troubles or chastening for punishment. This is not the case. These struggles all come with a lesson and purpose attached to them. We need to turn to our Helper and Comforter for the lesson plan and application, if you will.
So, I basically believe that to some degree God actually gives us more than we can handle so we realize it is not us that does the handling in the first place. It is Him! He also manages to put some good people in our path at these times, too, so we don’t have to carry these burdens alone. We need to surround ourselves with Godly, caring people. We also need to be Godly caring people when we see a brother or sister in Christ who is struggling.
This means we need to share, be open to help, and not be judgmental when a friend comes to us with a struggle or temptation. Help them release it and seek help.
Sometimes when we pray for an answer it comes from another person. This doesn’t mean God isn’t in it. After all, he used a donkey to try and help Balaam.
Remember temptations and struggle can come in many forms. We need to bear the burdens of those we care about and be there for them. It is so very important and so very missing in the Church these days. Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2)
So let us commit ourselves when facing a friend with a struggle to use our ears and hearts before our mouths get into the mix after all The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (Proverbs 15:2 KJV)
Let us be wise, search out scripture for solutions and seek God’s council above all other things. Then, and only then, will we find the way of escape from the struggles we face.
As for you my dear Christian brethren, let us make the church a safe place for those that hurt. Let us not devour our wounded as the world does. Rather, tend to their needs that we may help them be free from their burdens or hurt or temptation.
If I can close with one last bit of advice, let us look to the words of King David, a man who knew to whom he should turn for help no matter the situation:
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalms 18:2 KJV)