The Truth about God and Trials

         When people are going through a hard time, I often hear well-meaning Christians tell them, “You’ll get through this. After all, God would not put on you more than you can bear.” That’s not comforting at all! There they are, in the midst of a devastating circumstance, and they hear, number one, that they’re basically on their own to just “get through” it, and number two, that God is responsible for bringing them all this pain.

         The above advice is a mistaken interpretation of First Corinthians 10:13 which says, “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” (NKJ). Read it again; this verse is not saying that God only brings you trials you can handle. Here’s what this verse is saying:

  1. The trials that happen to you are the same trials that happen to everybody else. Your hard times are not unique.
  2. Temptations and trials are the common stuff of mankind; they happen as a natural result of existing as a living human being. These common occurrences just happen; they are not specifically assigned by God.
  3. Regardless of what trials come your way, God is faithful. He will always be there offering you “a way of escape” so that you are able to handle it.

          You see, the reason why the trial and temptation will not overwhelm you is because you can look to God for your way through and out. The problem could very well beat you down if you refuse to look to God for the escape that He faithfully promises in this verse to provide.

          So the point is not that God will never put on you what you are not able to handle. The sin nature, Satan, and fallen humanity are the ultimate culprits responsible for heartache, pain, and suffering. The point is that when trials, temptations, and problems come, God’s escape route is available so that you can bear up under them, get through them, and come out of them. And taking God’s escape route from trials and temptations leaves us stronger, wiser, and able to help others who will face the same issues after us.


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on September 6, 2012.

3 Responses to “The Truth about God and Trials”

  1. So clearly and wisely written. Thanks for unpacking this verse and reminding us that God is FOR us – our HELP in times of trouble!

  2. […] EXCERPTED FROM Full Armor Of God source […]

  3. Thank you for the wise counsel> It really help’s me through the trial i’m facing right now.

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