A Popular Saying That Comes With Fine Print

Sometimes it’s funny, (not ha-ha funny), when we think something is in the Bible that’s not really there. For example, the common notion that God will not allow us to experience difficulties to an extent greater than what we’re able to endure. Often 1 Corinthians 10:13 is cited to support this claim. However, in this verse, Paul is actually saying that the temptations the Corinthians faced were not unique, and the Lord would give them grace to handle any temptation situation they might face. And in the immediate context the specific temptations Paul mentions are idolatry, immorality, testing the Lord, and grumbling.

Yet it’s also true, that if we keep in mind the needed balance between what God sovereignly allows according to His wisdom and purpose(s), and our human responsibility to trust and draw near to Him, we’ll actually be able to maintain our spiritual equilibrium regardless of what comes into our life.

Also, when taking into account other passages which speak to this issue of the Divine limits of our suffering(s), (e.g., 2 Peter 2:9. Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 37:3-6, 55:22, 68:19, 81:6-7, Matthew 11:20-30, 1 Peter 5:6-7), a basic principle emerges:  As our problems are, so shall the Lord be.  In other words, we’ll experience His sufficiency in our trial(s) when we rest in Him in the way prescribed in Scripture. Therefore, it’s more accurate to say that God will put more on us than we can bear ourselves, but He will not put more on us than we can bear with Him.  And so at the beginning, middle, and end of the day, He’s got our back!  And in this way, He’s truly a friend that sticks closer than a brother.


One thought on “A Popular Saying That Comes With Fine Print

  1. Thank you John for posting this! I have been telling friends and family members this very thing. 2 Corinthians 4:17 states “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”


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