More than We Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Thought for the DayGod will help us through when hard times come.

“I know that God does not give us more than we can handle” were the words I heard from a dear friend.  As I knew her situation, I quickly responded, “That is a saying.”  I shared with my friend that many times in my life things have happened around me that were indeed more than I could handle.  As I watched my parents take care of their handicapped children, as my husband died from complications after a car accident, and as I continue being concerned about a finding a teaching or other position there have been times that we “could not handle a situation.”  One of the things I think about very often is that I have God in my life and that He takes care of me.  I cannot handle situations on my own and I cannot imagine trying to get through them on my own.  But I do not have to because I do have God in my life and even when things happen that are out of my control and are “too much for me to handle” I know He is there.  I cannot imagine attempting to go through the hard times in life without him.

So, where does that saying come from.  It sounds beautiful and wonderful, and it is great to hear when things are hard.  I decided to look it up and research for a bit.  1 Corinthians 10:13, the researchers believe, is where the saying came from.  It is close, but not exact.  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  When I read these words, I hear in my heart and mind that God does allow things to happen in life that we cannot bear.  What He promises is that He will be there, beside us, to help us through those times that are unbearable.  In my life, I can look back and see clearly that in those unbearable times, He pulled me through.  I leaned on Him and He was there.  Already, in this time without a position, I can see clearly why He didn’t allow for me to have a job.  There were other things I needed to do.  Now I lean into Him to help me through this time financially and emotionally, as I have seen Him do so many times before.  No, I do not “know” that God will not give me more than I can handle.  Yes, I “know” God will be with me through those times.

Prayer:   God, there are times when life can be hard, and can be more than we can handle.  Thank you for being with us during those time where we can feel your presence and know You are with us.  God, please let us feel your presence when times are hard.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those going through unbearable times.

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2 thoughts on “More than We Can Handle

  1. Donna, this means so much to me today. When I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer, after being in the hospital for 3 months and having multiple surgeries, I was sure God had given me much more than I can endure. But now, 20 years later, I see that He was with me all along and was the source of my strength that did help me through. Thank you for sharing this.
    Joyce Melton

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    1. Thank you, Joyce, for writing me on this day. That devoation was a hard one to write and I must say I read back over it probably 10 times throughout the day making sure I didn’t say something wrong. All I know is that I needed the message I wrote as there are days that are hard. Blessings to you on this day!

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