On June 30, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Corinthians 10:13.
13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
This particular half truth has never struck a chord with me. What is it saying? Is it saying that God dishes out difficult things yet only as much as we can bear?
Is God like a cat playing with a mouse? Have you ever seen that? The cat catches a mouse and, rather than gulping it down, prolongs the mouse’s agony. The weakened rodent gets mauled and clawed and fanged, batted here and batted there by the cat who enjoys every minute.
Imagine a catch-and-release fisherman. See him catch a beautiful bass and then, leaving it on the hook, casting the fish out to enjoy catching again, and again…and again.
We all know what happens when mice and fish are stressed beyond their limits: death. All of God’s creatures, including you and me, have our limits.
Does God treat us like the mouse or the fish? Is God’s only saving grace that he stops tormenting us a micrometer shy of our limit? Sounds kind of cruel to me. What kind of a God would do that, and for what purpose?
Bad things happen in life, no doubt, but who would derive comfort from thinking that God causes them, and worse, allows them to continue to the point when he decides you’ve had enough?