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Biblical Principles of Faith

God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle???

1 Corinthians 10:13
13 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)

 

This is what we say to others at times when they are struggling for encouragement. The problem is that this statement mischaracterizes Scripture. Today, we see the Scripture from where this statement comes. It is teaching us that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. This is about temptation, not a hardship. When it comes to hardship, the Lord often allows more than we can handle. This is the necessary process for increased faith.

Suffering and hardship do create temptation. We are tempted to escape through some mind-numbing activity such as getting drunk or high. We may be tempted to escape through deception. Somewhere we fall into the trap of believing we can lie our way out of difficult times. Our passage today reminds us the Holy Spirit is always with us and at any time we can call upon Him and reject any and every temptation. However, this does not alleviate the hardship that is creating the temptation.

Consider Job whose suffering pushed him way beyond his ability to cope. He might have been tempted to run away physically if not emotionally in one of the ways we mentioned above. Yet, he did not run away. Instead, he wrestled with it all wondering how God could allow such extreme suffering though he had lived a righteous life. The atrocities he experienced challenged his faith that God could restore joy after such agonizing heartache.

God was revealing in Himself more power than Job had attributed to Him though Job already esteemed God highly. However, to increase Job’s faith, God had to allow something that would challenge the level of faith he already had. God allowed more than Job could handle calling Job to have more faith. It is one thing to believe God is able to give us joy. It is a whole other thing to believe God can restore our joy after it has been severed from us in life’s guillotine. This requires more faith.

The greater our faith and trust in the Lord, the greater our reverence and obedience to the Lord. Then He can trust us with more because we have proven we will not squander His goodness. He is able to multiply His favor as our faith increases. And He is a good father who wants to give us every good and perfect gift.

Lord, help me respond to unbearable hardships with increased faith to endure and overcome. Amen.

Be bold

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4 Comments

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    Robert pennings
    January 19, 2023 at 7:00 am

    AMEN

    • Reply
      Pastor Lee
      January 19, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you for your comment Robert. Blessings!

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    Tim Boller
    January 18, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    How does this come in to play in the Lords prayer Matthew 6:10 where it says in verse 6:13 ” Lead us not in to temptation “. I know God will not tempt us so what does this mean?
    Thanks

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      Pastor Lee
      January 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm

      That is really a great question Tim. When we read the passage in Matthew as it is written, it appears that God might lead His people into temptation and Christ is teaching us to ask God to not do this. However, Scripture must fit the context. James 1:13 says that God does not tempt. So, how do we reconcile these two passages? We, then, can’t say that God tempts us so we also can’t say that God leads us into temptation. So what is Jesus teaching us in this prayer? He is teaching us to pray that, after having asked for forgiveness, we will not backslide into temptation. We are asking Him to help us. What makes this confusing is that to ask this, it would seem He might lead us into temptation, but this can’t be. Instead, we are asking His help to take hold of the power of the Spirit that gives us the discipline to not backslide into sin. So, in this way, by giving us the power to avoid temptation, we must recognize that it is only by His leading that we are able to avoid temptation. In our passage today, it says He will not let us be tempted. But again, He is not the tempter. This means, He is allowing the enemy to tempt us to a certain degree, but He is not tempting us. And He is giving us the power of the Spirit to hold on to and when we do, He leads us not into temptation but into holiness.

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