“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
Many sayings are unscriptural and have caused more harm than good. The saying that God will not give you more than you can handle is one of them. The scripture that this incorrect interpretation comes from is this passage from Paul’s 1st letter to the faithful in Corinth. As you can see, it is not the trials or tragic events of the world we are protected from; it is temptation. Understanding this, we can call upon God’s power and presence to help us make good decisions and avoid the adverse effects of falling prey to temptation. We are empowered by first recognizing God’s faithfulness, second, the expectation that there is a way out of the temptation provided by God, and third, by leaning on the first and second parts that we will be able to go on. This 2nd week of Advent, as we await the holiday that celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promises, we remember God’s protection and presence assisting us with our battle with those temptations that seek to pull our hands out of God’s.