“God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
We’ve all seen load-limit signs on highways, bridges, and elevators. Knowing that too much strain can cause severe damage or complete collapse, engineers determine the exact amount of stress that various materials can safely endure. Posted warnings tell us not to exceed the maximum load.
Human beings also have their load limits, which vary from person to person. Some people, for example, can bear the pressure of trial and temptation better than others; yet everyone has a breaking point and can take only so much.
At times, circumstances and people seem to be pushing us beyond what we can bear. But the Lord knows our limitations and never allows any difficulties to enter our lives that exceed our strength and ability to endure. This is especially true when we’re enticed by sin. According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.”
So when trials and temptations press down on you, take courage. Remember, your heavenly Father knows the limits of your ability to stand up under life’s pressures. Draw on His strength; no temptation will ever be greater than that!
DEAR LORD, You said, “Without faith it is impossible to please You” (Heb 11:6). Grant me that kind of faith that speaks of my love for You. Let me bring all my cares to You, believing that with You there is no load limit. Nothing is too big, nothing is too heavy! I cannot change the future, I cannot change human hearts, but I know You can! And my situation can be changed if I bring my concerns before You. “You keep in perfect peace the one of steadfast mind, the one who trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3). As I wait on You, Lord, give me the peace that You alone can give. In Jesus name, Amen.
Richard De Haan
Our Daily Bread