The FBE-er: Yes He Will!!!
Well… I got on one of my soapboxes yesterday during the sermon. And I’m glad I did. And I’m ’bout to hop up on it again and attack a bit of “pop-theology.”
Pop theology – popular theology that pops up all over the place and may be biblically unfounded and ultimately destructive.
Here is the destructive and totally biblically unfounded piece of theology that I harped on yesterday:
“God will never give you anything that you can’t handle.”
This sounds so good… and is so close to the truth. But it is wrong. And believing it can be destructive.
Perhaps this idea comes from a misreading of 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “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.”
All this verse means is that when we sin, it is our fault. Temptation is not too powerful for those who are in Christ. The devil, in fact, DID NOT make me do it!!!
This verse does not mean that we have, within ourselves, the power to handle all that the fallen world has to throw at us.
Tell me that Daniel could handle the lion’s den. Tell me that Moses could handle Pharaoh and his armies. Tell me that the apostles had what it took – purely within themselves – to take Jesus’ gospel from the small corner of Palestine to Rome and beyond. You can’t!!! Because they Couldn’t!!!
And tell me that we had the strength to handle our sin problem on our own.
God IS IN THE BUSINESS of allowing things into our lives that we CANNOT handle. That way, we STOP leaning on our own strength, and we turn to Him!!! The very nature of fallen reality is such that we are in constant need of Him. Life itself is something that we simply cannot handle on our own!
If we go through life, believing that we can handle everything that comes our way, because God won’t let us experience things that we can’t handle… then we will lose the opportunity to surrender in our strength and step into His. We will miss the opportunity to see God move miraculously in our lives. We will trade true intimacy with God for false grit.
And we will be miserable in life – always defeated.
James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:6-7 give us God’s desire for trials that come into our lives – the trials refine our faith (1Peter 1:7) toward active, enduring patience (James 1:3) to perfect us (James 1:4) and display praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7).
How will trials test our faith – our faith in God – if our faith is really only in ourselves?
Oh, we may have faith that God won’t give us more than we can handle… but that just means that in the midst of the trial, we believe we need only look to our own ability – because God won’t let anything come into our lives beyond our own ability…
And that will only lead to our failure – because we are, in fact, unable to handle life… and this will not refine our faith in God… it will diminish our faith in God…
Because we thought He wouldn’t give us more than we could handle. And we find that there is much in this life that we cannot handle.
But if we enter into these trials with the full knowledge that we are too weak to handle them and so place our faith in God… then God WILL be faithful to move in His strength. And our faith will be refined like pure gold.
So… will God let us experience things that we cannot handle? Yes He will!!! He must! Reality is fallen in such a way, that we cannot live true life apart from Him – and yet we still try to live life apart from Him.
Perhaps this fallen world will eventually break us to realize that this is a glorious and eternal reality – we are nothing without Him.
And will He be faithful to be strong when we are weak?
Yes He will!!!
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