I love Bible study, each time I study the Word, there is new revelations. I’m sure you have heard “God will never give me more than I can handle.” It sounds good but the Bible does not teach that. Some use 1 Corinthians 10:13 to back up this “Christian teaching.” But is that what Paul meant when he wrote: “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear?” If you read the full passage 1-13, and put it in context, the topic is temptation and being prepared to resist it. Paul encouraged believers in Corinth to practice strict spiritual discipline as he did. Paul elaborates on what we should do instead of giving into temptation and falling into sin. The real promise of 1 Corinthians 10:13 is that God will never allow us to be tempted to sin beyond what we can resist. God always gives us a way out, a choice. So does God give us more than we can handle? Yes he does. Paul also wrote 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 and Paul explains that God allowed him and allows us to experience trials and difficulties, grief and pain, and sometimes more than we can bear. Why? So that we will rely on God and not on our own strength and power. When we are unable to deliver ourselves, God is able. When we are unable to stand up under the pressure, it will be God’s strength in us that allows us to stand. God does not promise that He will never give us more than we can handle. God promises that He will hold out His hand and tell us to lean on Him. I don’t know about you but I like that promise better because I know I cannot lean onto my own understanding or strength. Don’t take my word for it, click on “Food for the Soul” and see what God’s Word says.

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