Friday, September 22, 2017
More Than I Can Handle
1 Corinthians 10:13b – God is faithful. He will not allow
the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will
show you a way out so that you can endure. (NLT)
My arms were
full, and I didn't know whether or not I could make it to the car.
At 14 years of age, I began my first real job: bagging groceries at
the local Piggly Wiggly® grocery store. Though I had helped my
grandfather on the ice cream truck for several years, this job initiated me
into the real work world. In addition to bagging the groceries, we carried
them to the customers' cars. Most customers bought enough groceries
that we needed a buggy to transport them, but occasionally, a customer
would have only a couple of bags. Trying to impress them and whomever else,
I attempted to carry them. Today, bags are plastic and have handles, and
that wouldn't be an issue, but back then, it was. Bags were paper and
had no handles. A shifting of the contents in the bags might mean groceries
spilled and got damaged.
When someone is going through a
difficult period or even a series of unfavourable circumstances, I've
heard numerous believers say, "God won't put any more on you than
you can handle." It's another one of those statements that
we've formulated to comfort and encourage. Perhaps it does, but the
problem is that it can't be supported biblically.
don't know where the saying originated, it may be based in part on
Paul's statement that God won't allow us to be tempted to the point
that we have to give in. But difficult circumstances and temptations are
not necessarily identical.
In reality, God will put more on us
than we can stand — and He has a reason. I, like most, tend to think
that I can handle life myself, just as I thought that I could handle the
grocery bags. Trying to manoeuver through life without help from anyone
else — particularly God — is foolishness. When God allows more
into my life than I can handle on my own, it forces me to turn to Him,
which is what I should have done in the first place.
to be our burden bearer. He will give wisdom and courage for every
situation that we face.
Let us allow God give us strength to
face each life situation.
Prayer: Father, we thank You
that we can depend on You to guide us through every circumstance of life.
Martin Wiles <email@example.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
for Today: Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. – Augustine
for Today: Matthew 13:22 – [Jesus said] "The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful." (NIV)
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