“God won’t give you anything you can’t handle.”
Ok, that’s valid. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “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.”
You usually hear this when you face something huge that is way above your pay grade.
You just lost your job.
Your brother was given 6 weeks to live.
The diagnosis was cancer.
Your spouse has been unfaithful.
The baby you were carrying has no heartbeat.
These are huge things. These are hard things. These are things that bring the temptation of bitterness, the temptation of blaming God, and the temptation to walk away from the One who promises strength to endure it.
And those concerns are legitimate. Those trials are huge and hard. And the temptations that accompany are pretty convincing at times.
But what about the little things? What about things that are just plain old annoying? The things that may give the evil one a foothold?
Don’t those things bring similar temptation?
Don’t get me wrong; those what-just-happened-things are huge. I am not trivializing the tough things that life throws our way. But why is I Corinthians 10:13 only mentioned in those can’t-see-around-this-one moments?
I’ve found myself preaching 1 Corinthians 10:13 to myself lately. I’m not enduring any life-questioning trial right now, but its words ring true.
I’m working an hourly-wage job where I make doughnuts and coffee. I’m a college graduate with a decent résumé learning to thank God for my hourly job that leaves me smelling like a giant doughnut (this may be good or bad, depending on how much you like fried dough).
This is a small thing, but it brings the same kind of temptation. Am I tempted to be bitter about working a high schooler’s job that is somewhat unfulfilling? Yes. Am I tempted to blame God for not giving me a dream job right out of college regardless of how unreasonable that is? Yes. Am I tempted to be wildly jealous of all of my friends who are getting engaged or married right now? Yes. Is that last one irrelevant to this entire post? Yes, but I thought I’d throw it in just for kicks.
And then I’m reminded of I Corinthians 10:13, where it says that I’m not the only one being messed with by these temptations. These thoughts, these pulls to mental misdeeds, are common to man…I’m not alone! And, God is faithful. He knows. And He’s going to give me strength to endure it. That may be in the form of providing really good shoes so that my feet don’t hurt so much after a 9-hour shift. Or arranging the schedule so that I work with the people that I connect with the best. Or, reminding me through the Spirit of Scriptural truths like 1 Corinthians 10:13 throughout the day.
You see, the Bible is good for all of life. In every season and at every turn. I can’t just reserve certain parts of it for things that are really hard, and disregard those parts when they’re not needed. We are to be preaching the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) everyday to ourselves and to others…because all Scripture is from God and beneficial for our use (II Timothy 3:16-17).
So today, I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness in the big things—the huge, hard, you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me things—and in the little, monotonous, annoying things. His faithfulness is unchanging (James 1:17), no matter what your circumstance is, however big or little it may be.
And remember, God won’t give you anything you can’t handle.
I bleed for you Emily! Once upon a time I worked for GM and made more money than my husband (ok, for only about a month). Then I stayed home and raised kids for 21 years. When I had to return to the workforce, the only job I was qualified for was making coffee and washing dishes at less than 1/3 the pay. Ouch! that hurt the pride. I know that God has a plan in mind, and I know that your obedience and thankfulness will get you there.