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Grossly Misquoting

Do you have any idea how many times I have said to people, “God promises not to give us more than we can handle”? Any guess? How could you know? I don’t even know!

It was always offered as a promised comfort during a trial in their life, even mine. But is that true?

Let’s consider for just a moment, hypothetically speaking, what if I have completely twisted 1 Corinthians 10:13? What if I was wrong? (Spoiler Alert: I was)

Let’s look at the text.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” NIV

Did you catch that? What is the topic? Trials? Hardships? Death? Pain? NO! It’s temptation.

I have been grossly misquoting this verse for most of my life.

The reality is that God just might give us things we can’t handle so that we will gaze toward Him for strength and help. Or so that it would turn our life's path and save us for eternity.

Can you recall those times in your life when you felt abandoned by the people you loved the most? Perhaps you even felt abandoned by God.

Stacey Pardoe is a writer and blogger and I found this on her site. “Hurting friend, I’ve been where you are. I was right there—in the thick middle of my lowest moment—that summer everything seemed to fall apart. When I told a friend about my pain, she said, “When it feels like God has deserted you in your lowest moment, he’s doing powerful work in the deep parts of your soul.”

Sometimes our best laid plans and ideas are left trampled in the mud. Our marriage falls apart or our spouse is suddenly killed. Our home foreclosed, our car re-possessed, our job lost, a child missing, a debilitating illness or injury, and we wonder “GOD! WHERE ARE YOU?”

We need to realize that not everything is going to go the way we plan. In fact, there’s a verse for that.

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow…” James 4:13-14 NIV

Realize that not everything is going to go the way you think or hope. In fact, sometimes, life goes completely off the rails. When that happens, there is no way for you to get through it, without Jesus. You are going to need to rely on God’s comfort, peace and understanding. And the only way for you to fall back into that space, is to start building it now.

Jesus told us that in this world we will have tribulation! No sugar coating, it’s a fact.

Planet earth, in its present state with Satan in charge, is really, really, hard, and sometimes super painful. But Jesus went on to say, “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

WOW!! Such a bold statement of promise. A promise we can claim and cling to.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8

In the meantime, I am going to quit telling other people, as well as myself, that “God will never give you more than you can handle”, because in reality, that is not the truth. It’s not Biblical. Instead, remind them of these words for our God.

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV

by Jeanette Stark – Friday, December 16, 2022

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