“God will not give you more than you can bear.” We say it in times of trouble. We say it to comfort people. There is just one problem. It’s not biblical. God is not the author of your pain. God is not the designer of death. We have an adversary. You better believe he wants to break you, he wants to destroy you, he wants to give you more than you can bear. But take heart, we serve a God that has overcome the works of the enemy and giving us power and authority to do the same.
That phrases, “God will not give you more than you can bear,” is a misquote Of I Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
Couple things to note:
1. God is not the one “tempting”. He is the one protecting.
2. The word tempt in Hebrew means “tempt”. It’s the same word used when Jesus was “tempted in the wilderness”, and when the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus with questions. In the New Testament that word is never used to indicate trials or hardship.
So what do we say to people going through difficult times? I don’t know. Maybe just holding their hands and mourning with them, maybe pray they would feel God’s loving hand surrounding them, maybe stand with them and take authority over the works of the devil in their lives. Be led by the Holy Spirit. But just don’t blame a loving a Father for the cruel acts of our adversary.
My God is good.