When I was in college, I led a friend, Rod, to the Lord. One of the scriptures we memorized together was I Cor. 10:13—
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.
One day, in response to some struggles he was having, Rod said to me, “Jason, I know that God promises that he will not put more on us than we can bear, but do you think he he might have the wrong Rod?”
That story came to mind this morning as I read the first chapter of the book of Job. I wondered if he found himself asking the same question: “Are you sure you’ve got the right guy?”
What I find interesting is how different is our self evaluation from that of God and the enemy.
- When I find myself dealing with trials (though I’ve not faced anything like Job faced), I wonder if I can bear up under the weight of it all.
- God, on the other hand, is perfectly aware of my spiritual capacity and knows full well that I can handle more than I think is possible.
- Our enemy underestimates our capacity for spiritual maturity. He does not understand love, loyalty and faith and assumes that our commitment to God will crumple under the weight of pain and pressure.
All of this makes me evaluate myself for how I respond when the defecation hits the oscillation (if you get my drift).
- Do I complain to God that it is too much?
- Do I confirm the enemy’s assertion that the strength of my commitment to God is determined by my comfort level?
- Do I reward God’s confidence in me by choosing worship over whining, faith over fainting and blessing over blaming?
What about you?