You know, when you grow up in church you see a lot of stuff frequently. From choirs singing to people passing around offering plates to even children scribbling on paper. You just become used to seeing some stuff.
You get used to hearing stuff too, like scriptures. Yeah, there are definitely some verses that you hear on a regular from, “For God so loved the world…,” (John 3:16) to, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…,” (Proverbs 3:5 - 6) to even “The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1)
One in particular that I continue to hear frequently is 1 Corinthians 10:13, which is the inspiration for the phrase, “He won't put more on you than you can bare.”
Now when you look at that scripture, even though it does not exactly say the phrase above, it hits a few different areas that truly will blow your mind.
First off, it begins with, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience…,” (1 Corinthians 10:13a)
When you just think on that thing...The fact that regardless of what you are facing it has already been experienced and overcome, leaving you with the guarantee that the answer is available for discovery.
Then it hits on, “And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand…” (1 Corinthians 10:13a)
This is normally where the saying comes from. Now, when I initially read that I had to do some digging cause when I normally hear “temptation” I'm thinking sexual, stealing, etc.
So, I looked up that simple word, “temptation”, and the definition I found was, “the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” (Oxford Dictionaries)
Once I read this it caused me to ask myself, if we hit it from that general definition, what would I consider my greatest temptation?
After thinking for a few seconds my answer came forth as quitting. That temptation tends to come forth with me in times of struggle or change.
Once I wrapped my mind around that and opened my memory chamber to my past I saw how that part of the verse is so accurate on various levels.
Times where I felt unwanted & desired to quit, God kept me. Phases where things seemed pointless He reminded me of the process to keep me moving. Seasons where I felt unfruitful He gave me a peak of the upcoming harvest to keep me edified.
My God continually upheld me during these times because the desire or temptation to quit was not in His will, making it wrong and unwise.
That just blew my mind. The fact that a) He brought forth the support & b) He was the support when He knew it was needed & necessary for purpose and plan to continue to flow.
This continued to put a smile on my face when the ending of the verse simply said, “When you're tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13b)
The fact that regardless of how ugly it looked all He had to do was simply show me the way out, which was Him.
This scripture touched my heart on so many levels by just reminding you that at the end of the day even when you think you can't take any more God comes through with, “I got you.” You just have to let Him strengthen and lead.