Saturday, February 19, 2011

More than I can handle??

"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."
Have you ever noticed that when people are going through struggles and trials, this verse gets quoted a lot? Or actually, misquoted and misinterpreted a lot? Over the past two years, so many well meaning people have said to me, " God promises not to give us more than we can handle", or even better- "Whatever happened to God not giving you more than you can handle?" I'll be honest here. There have been times when I've gotten alone with God and asked Him why. Why was my daughter born so early? Why did my daughter have a stroke? Why does my girl have a hard time walking? Why might I have cancer? Why, why, why??? Is this sinful in and of itself? Asking God why? No, I don't believe so. I mean, Jesus, the sinless One, asked that question why. He asked God why He had forsaken Him. My sin is self absorption. It's not the why, why, why- but the me, me, me!

So back to the verse above. I'm not even sure whether physical illness is included in temptation, but for now I'll just pretend that it is. This verse was written to saved people, God's children. So, I don't take this verse to say "Michelle, I won't give you more than you can handle." I take it to say(very loosely interpreted, LOL) "Michelle, I've already given you more than you can handle on your own. Remember Me. Talk to Me. You can't handle it on your own, but together we can get though it, and your faith in me can be even stronger. I will make a way for you to get through this."

I have been singing this song for the past couple of weeks, quite often. I will just continue to trust God's heart.

God is good!

1 comment:

Hannah said...

Michelle, Thank you...sometimes I get wrapped up in my own struggles and forget that God allows them for molding and strengthening. This is just what I needed to remember that He is there to carry me through and it is all for His glory. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Love you. Hannah

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