[hallucinations 4:32]

[hallucinations 4:32]

God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT

I am in the middle of reading Plan B and today I came across Pete Wilson’s thoughts regarding the “God will never give you more than you can handle.”

The problem is, nothing could be further from the truth.

Where in the world did we get such a whacked theology? Where’s that verse in the Bible? Hallucinations 4:32 maybe?

P.102, Plan B, Pete Wilson

To be honest, Pete’s comment threw me off a bit. Yes, I have heard that quote a lot of times (it seems to be one of those “correct answers” right next to “everything works for the good of those who believe in Him”). I have reminded myself of that idea. However, I don’t think I have ever told that to anyone because… because it just didn’t seem appropriate. I am more of a listener than a talker (I write instead of talking).

After thinking about it for a few hours I came to conclusion that I don’t agree with Pete (or perhaps I misunderstood his point), but also I do not agree with the standard interpretation of the verse from Corinthians. Or, I guess I can say that I agree with both Pete’s comment and Bible verse partially.

1. Pete is right in saying that God sometimes allows things in our lives that we cannot handle.

However, the operative word in this sentence above is WE (or YOU or I). There are situations in life when we think that we are failing miserably, when we don’t even see plan Z in view… call it a moment of weary blindness, when you don’t have any strength to go on and you don’t see the way.

The mistake we often do is to assume that the operative words are “will never give” – i.e. our lives are gonna be white and fluffy. Now THAT’s a promise right from Hallucinations 4:32.

2. But, the Bible (namely, 1 Cor. 10:13) says that God will provide “an outlet,” a guide who would take our weary hand in his, and lead us through the darkness. The darkness will still be there. The pain will still be there. Nonetheless, if we decide to get out, He would help.

That’s why I think Paul was able to write one of my all time favorite passages from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, MSG:

[God] told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

There were tough times in my life, but I haven’t experienced even a tiny portion of the hurt a lot of people in this world are suffering. Because of that, I cannot say 100% that when my Plan A (whatever it is) falls apart, I will not fall apart together with it. But I am determined to see the cup half-full rather than half-empty.

And that is not because I am oh-so-holy-and-sanctified-optimist. I am an optimist most of the time, but there’s more to it. My God is the one who knows the path in the darkness and He will guide me out. (I did not mean for the last phrase to sound so cliche…)

What do you think? Do you agree with Pete?

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