Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "He Hideth My Soul"1 (Lyrics)
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.
Though I 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.
God wants 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. Amen.