Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (VOICE)
If I see one more quote or social media meme with the flowery, lovely phrase,
“God won’t give you more than you can handle,”
I. Will. Scream.
No where (let me repeat that–NO WHERE!) in the Bible are these words found. This sugary coated phrase must have originally come from a poor interpretation of the passage above.
Give. Me. A. Break.
Life is messy.
We, as mortals, as humans of free choice, created in God’s glorious image, made sure of that. Way back in the beginning, in Eden, we had it made.
Everything man and woman could want or desire was at our fingertips.
God was such a good friend that He came and walked in the garden with Adam and Eve.
Imagine that. God, visiting. God calling out to us, by name.
But were we satisfied? Nope.
You know the story.
A chance to know everything God knows turned out to be the beginning of the end of perfection, at least this time around on the planet.
So, instead of living in a perfect place, surrounded with everything we could possibly want or need? We struggle.
We live in a broken world.
Broken people, broken promises, broken homes, broken hearts.
Life is not fair.
To reduce God to a Deity that willingly and purposely piles on–excuse the word–crap to see how much we can bear? Blasphemy in my humble opinion.
Life is about choices. A multitude of them, put in our paths every. single. stinking. day.
The God I serve didn’t take away my loving husband on purpose.
He didn’t intentionally take away a dad from two little boys who desperately needed him.
He’s not up in heaven, checking my status updates, seeing just how much more can be heaped on my plate before I hit maximum capacity.
Because, believe me, dear friends, that plate has tipped over many days, and I’ve thrown up my hands in frustration at my circumstances.
The Bible says He will not allow you to be TEMPTED beyond what you can handle. That’s an important distinction.
What He does give is the strength, perseverance, and grace to handle what you have.
Until He comes again, in the glorious form of His Son, life will be full of tough stuff.
Brokenness will be the norm, not the exception.
But the brokenness and the strife found in day-to-day living can forge a beauty and a strength which has no limit.
For it’s in the brokenness where we find what we are truly made of.
It’s in the trials we catch a glimmer of the original perfection in the creation God intended us to be.
And until He sends His Son to restore this ugly, sticky, sinful mess of ours into what His original blueprint designated, we will more than likely have more than we can handle.
Saying and believing anything else is just flowery, feel good “Christianity.”
I’m now crawling off of my soapbox and heading out for my morning run.
Together, God and I will handle whatever the world throws at me today, because I cling to the promise that He will help me to not only endure, but also Keep. Moving. Forward.
I’m counting on it.