I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now (John 16:12).
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor. 10:13).
Both of these verses suggest that God will not put more on you than you can bear. I must say, I struggled with the application of these verses. I believed it was true but I struggled with the application of those verses in my life. 1 Cor. 10:13 especially, is a go to verse for hard times. When those times hit, I often say, ” I can’t handle this” and struggle to believe that God really wouldn’t put more on me or allow me to go through something that I couldn’t bear.
The truth is, God’s promises are true. He won’t put more on me than I can bear. The problem is I don’t want to bear it. I don’t want to grow through. I don’t want to learn something new. I don’t want to be bothered. I want to pick and choose how and when I grow through and under what circumstances. I don’t want to feel pain. I don’t want to hurt. I don’t want to cry anymore. I’m tired of trusting when faced with new trials and tribulations. I want things to remain the same that way, my trust doesn’t have to be stretched.
Even now, this moment, as I type, I am facing a situation that I have to grow through. I don’t want to be mature but truth be told, if this situation involved anybody else, it wouldn’t be a problem. So, here I am, once again…growing.