1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
This passage is oft-quoted to those who are going through trials that seem to linger and languish. We refer to the fact that God will not give you more than you can bear. But I believe that statement is untrue. Here’s why.
To actually come to this place, our trial, our temptation, must be more than we can bear alone, or why would we need God at all? At times, the challenge ahead of us seems impossible. As a child of God, I must remind myself that I serve the God of the impossible.
Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
Faith must buoy us over the sea of doubt and fear. To put our trust in the promise of man is a risky venture indeed.
Psalm 118:8-9 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
To trust God and His promise is to relinquish the trust we have in our talent, abilities, and intellect. I did not say to abandon them, just not to trust them. When you and I offer to God the things He gifted and created in us, we can watch as the Holy Spirit guides us to do the Father’s will.
We falter when we try to “figure out” what God is trying to do. We must not ignore God’s Word.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
We do not possess the wisdom nor intellect to process all God is trying to do in and through us.
When the trials and challenges we face become overwhelming, we can be confident that God has not left us nor forsaken us. We can look to God’s Word for comfort, direction, light to guide our path, and so much more.
The hindrances along the way are real.
We miss the spiritual aspect because we get caught up fighting the flesh. In that way, Satan doesn’t need to expend much energy to keep us from doing the will of God. Many who do not recognize the signs or ‘wiles’ of the devil soon find the snare laid for them.
Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We are fooled into thinking we can go about our daily lives without the armor of God and make it through unscathed.
But when we find ourselves amid a battle, we sometimes forget the fundamentals of what we’ve been taught. Our walk with God must be a daily practice. Without it, we become weak and open to the ‘wiles’ of our enemy. Our minds become foggy, and when faith isn’t exercised, it is like our muscles; they atrophy.
A preacher said:
“You are either going into a trial, in the midst of one or coming out of it.”
Life here on earth will have its share of trials and tribulations. We do not have to get sidetracked by the challenges that come our way. God gave us a way through them.
Trust God for what we cannot see or accomplish. He promises a way to escape if it becomes too hard to bear.