“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV
I know you’ve probably heard the phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle.” The more I think about this statement, the more I reflect on the numerous situations in my life where I felt the overwhelming feeling of quite the opposite. In fact, life itself is more than we as humans can handle…the sin in this world has corrupted every inch of our livelihood, and many of us face trial after trail with no idea how we will get through it. Frankly, we need to stop putting the focus on ourselves and shift the focus onto God…because He will never give us more than He can handle.
When Paul says God won’t let us be tested beyond our ability in 1 Corinthians 10:13, he means not beyond what you are able with God’s help. God certainly does give us more than we can handle…and he does it to make us rely not on ourselves but on our Creator (2 Corinthians 1:9). We all need help—we have needs, weaknesses, limitations, and sins. I need help with handling my financial crisis, my losses, and my failures in life. And through these difficult times, the times that drive me to my knees in desperate prayer, I do not find hope and strength in myself—I find ultimate hope in my Father. Even more so, when God rescues us from our pits of darkness, we are not the ones who deserve the credit. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 it sates that “…though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” In other words, every situation in life in which we are tested and brought out of has purely to do with grace and nothing to do with us.
Christians, we have an Advocate who took on sin so we don’t have to handle everything on our own. God has granted us the grace and mercy to push through in life, and with this we can go head-first into trials knowing nothing stands in the way of our Father. If you’re facing some adversity and wondering how God could possibly deliver you, take heart—He is granting you joy through grace everlasting.
Father, thank You for Your grace, which is prevalent in my life. During trials, keep my eyes focused on Your ability and not my own. I praise You for all the work You have done thus far.
Take time to read all of 1 Corinthians chapters 10-15. Have there been troublesome times where you saw the handiwork of God prevailing in your life?