“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.”
Has any other passage of Scripture been as misunderstood, misused, and misrepresented? Certainly it has also been used for great things—used to bring hope, to give the promise of light to those who could see only darkness, to give resolve to those who were suffering. But it is a passage that has also been flattened, simplified, and distorted. “No man is tasked beyond what he can bear” sounds so simple, after all. To many, it promises a kind of invincibility: if you are tempted, you can resist! If you are suffering, you can withstand! And if you succumb, it was because you chose to give up or you chose to give in!
Good news! I no longer have to drive 176 miles round-trip when I commute. Last weekend I moved into our new apartment in glorious Phenix City, Alabama, just 13 minutes away from where I work in Columbus, Georgia.
Bad news! We're not quite moved in yet. I'm essentially camping out in the apartment because none of our big furniture (including things like, oh, beds) are there yet. It's still better than driving 176 miles a day.
Good news! This weekend we're renting a U-Haul and moving all the big furniture!
Bad news! This weekend we're renting a U-Haul and moving all the big furniture!