Plain and simple, the Bible does NOT say that God will not put more on us that we can handle. It does NOT say that God will not let us go through something we cannot handle. Somehow these two alternate interpretations morphed out of true absolute Biblical truth. And as they have, more and more people have found their "right" to question God, be mad at God, or not serve God. Accusations of God not loving them become reality to individuals who wrongly believe the idea that God won't put more on them than they can handle. They'll ask the question, "How much more can I handle then?" Such a belief in this verse paints a picture of an angry God with countless dumbells of all sorts of weights and sizes looking at his poor, frail creation and deciding to drop those weights on them to see if they can build their spiritual muscles. Wow . . . no wonder people doubt God is love.
The actual verse says:
1 Corinthians 10:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 No temptationa]'>[a] has overtaken you except what is common to
mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be temptedb]'>[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted,c]'>[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can
And now we know why the misinterpretation. Because if we interpret the verse the way it's plainly laid out, we lose our ability to not take responsibility for our sins and actions. The whole measure of the verse speaks to temptation. God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. If we stop there, we might find a similar erroneous interpretation to what we discussed earlier. Instead, the rest of the verse allows us to see why we will never face something we can't bear. Very simply put, we will never face a temptation we can't bear because God will always make a way out and strength to endure. In other words, if we give into temptation, it's not because God isn't faithful. It's because we didn't choose or look for the way out of the temptation or action.
I think it's time we take God off the hook. He's not responsible when your life doesn't go as planned or when you're reaping the consequences of your actions. We reap what we sow. He's faithful to be with us through it. Temptation can be tough. Resisting it continually can be even tougher, but we are reminded that God is strong through our weaknesses. It is when we are the weakest that God shows Himself in our lives as the strongest. The key is to turn to Him and not to emotions, ideas, or pride.
The reality is there will be many times that we face things in life that threaten to bring us to our knees. That's part of life. God isn't allowing you to go through it because you can handle it. You see if we take the erroneous interpretation to heart, there really is no need for God. That interpreation mandates that if we are going through something then we are strong enough to handle it. The truth is, without God, we can't do anything and the Bible is very clear on that front. So if you're facing something that is threatening to wipe you out, know that you're not facing it because you can handle it. You're facing it because God can handle it and He's got a plan for you in the end. Trust Him. You won't regret it.
So the next time somebody uses this verse to misrepresent God . . Take a moment to set someone free.