Taken out of context, this verse has been at the root of many trust issues, disappointments, and anger-triggering causes that can sometimes convince us that God contradicts Himself by overwhelming us with situations that we don’t feel sufficiently equipped to handle.
On the contrary, I’ve also noticed that whenever we are showered generously with blessings, we never say, “Lord, this is too much. I can’t handle this.” But when we are placed in a position where we feel we are at a disadvantage, where we feel attacked, abandoned, weakened, etc. it becomes, “Lord, what are you doing? You know I can’t deal with this, it’s too much!” I think we sometimes fall into the mentality of entitlement when it comes to blessings and the good we think we deserve. But when the trials come, all of a sudden it becomes an issue of God crossing the line, overstepping His boundaries, because, “I don’t deserve this.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No test 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.” Let’s break this down.
“No test has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” We are all confronted with the same temptations, and many times fall prey to them. There is nothing that we will face that Christ hasn’t already faced and conquered for our sake.
“And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” Paul means He won’t give us beyond what we are able with God’s help. It’s God who speaks life into, equips, and gives us the strength for the various trials we’ll face.
“But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” He never leaves us stuck between a rock and a hard place. He never leaves us helpless. He always provides a means of escape. All we have to do is be willing and obedient enough to take it.
We’ve all seen what happens when we try to “handle” overwhelming situations on our own, without seeking His direction. We become burdened with thoughts like, “Am I inadequate because I’m not handling this the right way?” – thoughts that begin to tie in our self-worth with our lack of preparation or expertise in circumstances that require us to lean on and trust fully in God to lead us out of. So I would say, yes. It becomes more than we can handle when we try to act outside of Him. From the One who can bear all and has conquered all, it would behoove us to follow His lead and submit to His guidance. We shouldn’t be so arrogant in thinking that we don’t need His help.