“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
There’s a quaint little saying that “The Lord never gives you more than you can handle.”
As beautiful as that sounds, it’s not biblical. Scriptures says He will always provide us with a way of escape, so that we may bear it. (1 Cor 10:13). Dictionary.com defines “bear” as: to hold or remain firm under (a load). So, to bear a trial (or temptation) does not mean that it will never come, or that it will never press you on all sides to your breaking point.
Scriptures says the Lord will provide you with a “way of escape”. This escape, most of us will often find, comes after we have endured much of the heavy load already, and when we feel as if we are going to collapse and we call upon our Father for help; help from Him, because we are incapable of helping ourselves.
My friends, that is precisely what He wants from us; complete and utter dependence on HIM. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5).
He wants us to rely on Him so completely. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut 6:5). He gives us more than we can bear ourselves by design.
We would have no need for Him, no need for a Savior (Jesus Christ) and His work on the cross, if we could do it all ourselves if He never gave us “more than we can handle.”
So next time you find yourself facing trials or temptation, ask the Lord, “Am I relying on You enough, Lord?” Then give it all over to Him. “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)
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