Study 20

I am a believer that God gives us more than we can handle; we wouldn’t need Him otherwise. If I always had a manageable life with manageable problems, what need would I have for God? If I handled all of my situations with grace and kindness, where would my dependence on God’s forgiveness and mercy be?

People often interpret 1 Corinthians 10:13 wrong. This verse addresses temptations and how God is faithful to provide a ‘way out’ during these times: “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.”

If you are tempted beyond what you can handle, just wait, and you’ll experience another choice to get out of the temptation. Let me give you an example: you and your boyfriend are moving beyond your agreed upon sexual boundaries. You are really starting to worry when all of a sudden your phone rings. There is your way out, but you have to choose to take it.

So, it’s not about temptations, but rather life’s circumstances that you will need God’s saving grace and deep mercy to have victory over. Let’s look at a verse written by Paul about receiving more than we can handle: “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Think about all of the moments in the Bible when God had to deliver His people from circumstances beyond their control:

*The Israelites escaping Egypt through the parted Red Sea and receiving manna every morning
* Powerful enemies attacking God’s people
*Noah building the ark, getting everybody and every animal in, and surviving the flood
*Herod in the pursuit of baby Jesus
*Peter in being set free miraculously from prison
*And of course, Jesus needing to be resurrected from the dead

Read Psalm 3.
Read Psalm 6.

How did David express his need for God’s intervention? What did David need God’s help with? What does it feel like to be “in over your head?”

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