We started out our night with some Highs and Lows
Think of a tough situation you have been in. What was said to you?
Odds are, it was something along the lines of “God won’t give you more than you can handle. “
Well this statement is very well intentioned, there are some limitations and assumptions put onto God that aren’t completely true, a half-truth if you will.
This saying comes from 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “ No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Looking back to the original Greek the word for temptation in Paul’s context actually means tested.
What did Corinth look like?
Paul was writing to the Corinthians who were pagan worshipers before they became Christians. The Corinthians worshiped aphrodite, idol worship and prostitution were rampant in the temples. Though the Corinthians were becoming Christians they kept regressing to their old ways.
Earlier in this passage, Paul was also talking about how the Israelites were tempted and this isn’t something that just the Corinthians were going through. Basically he was saying that we will be tempted/tested at some point.
What is this passage not about?
You see Paul wasn’t addressing the hard times in our lives. He was referencing the temptations and testings that come in our everyday life. NOT difficult times that will/have popped in our lives.
When Paul was talking to the Corinthians he was saying that God wont tempt/test them more than they can endure.
In times of temptation, we may not look very hard for a way out of that situation, but there is one. This is the Spirit leading us a way from temptation.
The problem here is that, though God provides a way out of temptation; it’s that we don’t pursue it.
God doesn’t tempt us; we do a good job of that our selves. James 1:13 tells us that.
Where they half-truth misses the mark
There are stresses and emotions that can be too strong for us to handle. Some turn to unhealthy ways to handle these emotions, others turn to help.
Remember what we talked about the first week of F.I.S.H.? We talked about “Everything Happening For a Reason”.
God doesn’t give us these bad situations, life happens, people hurt us. Know that God is with us in all situations, good and bad. 1 Peter 5:7 talks about this.
God will always help us handle all that we’ve been given. Are you pursuing those He has sent to help?
What to say instead?
For those going through tough times, here is a good thing to say: I love you and God loves you. God will be with you. Or How can I help?