Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A bigger plate?

There is a saying that you might have heard.  It goes something like this:
"God will never put more on your plate than you can eat."
If I were to take a guess, I'd have to say that this comes from 1 Corinthians 10:13, which says:
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
I challenge you to consider what the text actually says... God will not allow you to be TEMPTED beyond what you can endure. 
He will allow circumstances to weigh on you... He allowed the stoning of Stephen.  And what did we see result?  The spread of the Gospel and the advancement of the glory of God through His church.  Paul suffered from his "thorn in the flesh" which proved to be the means God used to drive Paul into a deeper relationship with Himself.
I think a contemporary of mine was right on target when he wrote:
It does not imply that God won't let you be stressed beyond what you can bear. Or challenged beyond your ability. Or pushed beyond your threshold. In reality, God gives you more than you can bear all the time. On purpose. It's only when you can't bear the load that the strength of Christ kicks in…and He becomes everything you need and more.
He's got it.
Brethren there is so much we can say about tempting and trials but remember that the trials you go through are temporary, but the goal is to refine you and produce in you Godly and permanent change.

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