When times are getting tough for you . . . the bills are piling up; the cars break down; your mortgage is behind; trouble with kids or neighbors . . . just remember your Father knows exactly how much you can take, and he will not permit you to reach a breaking point.
Have you ever used a rubber band? You know, trying to shoot a paper wad or trying to bundle together a bunch of wires or papers. You s-t-r-e-e-t-t-c-h that rubber band out, twisting it and wrapping it one more time . . . and suddenly SNAP! The rubber band breaks! How frustrating that is.
Well, our loving Father said, “No temptation, [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man . . .
What this is saying is that no temptation or trial that you can experience that is beyond humaAn resistance. Oh, it may be unique and difficult for you, but others have faced that same issue—or worse. It is certainly common to human experience, and something you can bear.
But Yehoveh is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature, and He can be trusted not to let you be tested beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure . . .
That in itself is tremendous! Whatever life situation you are going through, is the same thing others have gone through, or are currently experiencing. I suppose we could sense a sort of camaraderie, but also confidence that we can win over the situation! Why do I say that? Because Paul continued to say:
. . . but with the temptation He will always provide the way out . . .
Cool! He will always provide a means of escape or a landing place!
. . . that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently” (I Corinthians 10:13).
The worst kind of blasphemy is to think our Father is behind all of our heartache and pain; that He is disciplining us; that He thinks we need one or two more heartbreaks before we are ready to receive his blessings. Not so!
Yes, it is true that the Lord chastens those he loves; however . . . that chastening is only for a season and it is not meant to hurt us. Yehoveh is not the author of the confusion in our life; but then again, neither are you. The enemy tries to hurt us through other humans; the same way he tried to hurt Job through the taunts of his wife. Now in fairness to Mrs. Job, she had lost all of her children, all of their wealth, and now her husband was suffering terribly. So she was a bit overwhelmed, but did not have the confidence and relationship with YHWH the way Job did.
My point is that our Heavenly Father watches over us with an unwavering eye. Every move is monitored; every tear is bottled. He feels our every hurt and knows when we have been exposed to enough harassment from the enemy. He steps in and says, “ENOUGH!” When he does that, all the demons in hell shudder! When your pain no longer draws you close to the Lord and you begin to downgrade your spiritual life, your Father moves in. He will not allow a trusting child of his to go under because of too much pain and agony of soul.
He will lift you out of the battle for a while, right on time. He will never allow your hurt to destroy your mind. He promises to come, right on time, to wipe away your tears and give you joy for mourning. God’s Word says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
(I send out messages like each morning. If you are interested, let me know. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)