“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
You’ve heard the saying, “God will never give you more than you can handle,” which I think is an unfortunate misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13. Paul says here that God will not let us be tempted beyond our ability to endure it. How? Because God will provide the way of escape from the temptation.
We misquote this verse all the time when it comes to difficult circumstances. We try to encourage one another in hard times by saying, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” But unfortunately this implies that we are to somehow bear up under the hard time by ourselves. This is false!
God often gives us much, much more than we can handle, doesn’t he? He does so purposefully, so that we will rely on him and his strength and power to see us through it. It’s not about “handling” things on our own; it’s about relying and depending on God to help us.
The same is true for temptation. God does promise to never give us more than we can endure, but the measure of the temptation is not based on our ability to endure it, but on God’s ability to provide the way of escape. We should never try to “handle” temptation on our own, but in the moment we look for the way of escape that God has promised to provide.
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