No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
My friend Miguel Labrador had some intriguing things to say in a FB post about the use of this verse to mean we won’t be given more than we can handle.
‘God will give you more than YOU can handle.’ Stop telling people that He won’t. First, it’s NOT biblical. Second your erroneous use of the verses that idea comes from (1 Corinthians 10:13) is not even talking about that. Your scripture application FAIL actually hurts people. Check out what Paul says; “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethern, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life, indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so many great a peril of death, and will deliver us. He on whom we have set our hope. And He will deliver us (2 Corinthians 1:8-10). He will give you more that YOU can handle. Because he stands ready to listen to your heartfelt cries of desperation and weakness.
I think he is right. Now Miguel and his wife Claudia serve as missionaries in Ecuador and no doubt have encountered times of tremendous hardship. They know what I’m sure many Christians have encountered, that God does give us more than we can handle at times. But it’s in those times of weakness that we turn to God for strength. Hear what Paul says also further in 2 Corinthians;
Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am content with weakness, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
It’s the strength of the Lord that carries us through times when it it too much too handle. And we will encounter those times.
Thank you Miguel for reminding me of this today.