Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. His followers asked him, “Lord, whose sin caused this man to be born blind—his own sin or his parents’ sin?” Jesus answered, “It is not this man’s sin or his parents’ sin that made him blind. This man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him. (John 9:1-3)
Just like the disciples of Jesus who questioned the reason behind the blindness that afflicted the man in the above passage, I sometimes search for answers for circumstances I see happening in my life and the lives of my loved ones. “Whose fault is it, Lord, that this man was born blind?” Why is there so much pain and unfairness in the world? Why can’t I seem to get out of this difficult situation? Whose fault is it, Lord?
Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question about who was at fault for the blind man’s troubles is an interesting one. He is not willing to play the blame game at all. He doesn’t even entertain the question of fault. Instead He responds that there is an opportunity for the Lord to be glorified through this man’s circumstance. There is a healing that is about to take place that would have never been experienced apart from this man’s great need. The man’s difficulty becomes an occasion for God to act. The negative circumstance is turned into a positive experience by the tender hands of Jesus Christ. A miracle would unfold that would bring healing to the nameless man born blind. It would involve the work of God being displayed in the man’s world for all to see. His story would be remembered forever.
I told someone today that God will never give her more than she can bear. I say that so often that I looked up that verse to write it down along with the reference and post it as a reminder to myself, and to my surprise, I couldn’t find it! There’s a verse that resembles my statement: 1 Corinthians 10:13 – The only temptation that has come to you is that which everyone has. But you can trust God, who will not permit you to be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, he will also give you a way to escape so that you will be able to stand it.
But this verse is about temptation. This text is not saying that you will never experience more than you can bear. That’s not the idea presented here. If anything, the exact opposite is true. Look at this text:
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received 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)
Later, Paul will write it is when he is weak that the strength of Christ is seen. In other words, when we can’t do it any longer, when we are fed up, when it has become too much, when we have nothing left, when we are empty, when it is beyond our capability to deal with it, then, in that moment, the strength of God will be seen. Until we get to that point, we rely on ourselves thinking we can handle it and take care of the problem.
I’ve said this before and I have to say it again: God is constantly orchestrating every situation that happens in our lives and will use each one for His glory and our good if we are able to trust Him.
It’s not that He won’t give us more than we can handle, it’s that He’ll never give us more than HE can handle.