All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. -1 Corinthians 10:13
I wonder if this scripture is being taught with the intent it was written. I ask that because I’ve been pushed past my limit. Those are the times I grew. When I work out, I push myself past my limit to increase my limit.
Maybe ‘limit’ has nothing to do with your comfort level.
God said, “All right. Go ahead—you can do what you like with him. But mind you, don’t kill him.” -Job 2:6
Those were God’s instructions to Satan when Job was being tested. Maybe ‘limit’ has more to do with physical death. He’ll never test us to death?
One of the biggest tests of faith I’ve ever had to experience was believing that I could be forgiven. My sins had weight to me. Some sins, to me, were worse than others. I believed in God’s grace for simple mistakes. I had a hellish time believing God’s grace forgave the ungodly mistakes.
You figure out what you believe when you’re pushed to your limit.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. -1 Corinthians 10:13
There’s quite a span of experience to create a relevance curve. I know misery loves company, but there is some company I would rather not keep. I’ve been through some hell in my life, but there are others who have had it worse and I’m not interested in joining them.
When I think of a test, I think of Job. Job taught us that God can do anything he wants with us. Job was pushed all the way to wishing for the final blow.
If our faith in Jesus finished work is what saves us, then I believe our faith in that truth is what is tested by God through attacks by Satan. When Jesus was tested, it was a test to prepare him for his purpose. He came to suffer for humanity and die in our place. He had to do this with full knowledge that he could say the word and God would rescue him. It’s one thing to not have a choice. A laboring mother doesn’t have a choice. Jesus had a choice and his test in the desert helped him gain strength to go through with it.
Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal. -1 John 5:17
Not all sin is fatal. The fatal sin has to do with our faith and not with our behavior. We are going to sin. If we believe that we won’t, then our faith is at risk when we do.
Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. -1 Corinthians 10:12
We’re not better than anybody else. We’re not exempt from falling flat on our faces. We’re taught otherwise and the unbalanced teaching cultivates top heavy morality. Big headed self-righteousness. An upside down weeble-wobble. The kind that falls down.
Our limit is our faith, not our pain threshold. We are limited by what we believe, not our shortcomings. God goes so much deeper than we’re taught. When we get a glimpse of God, everything else looks so small. When God shows up, we fall in worship. We don’t start witnessing to show off, we don’t start bragging about all the mouths we’ve fed or the people we’ve led to Jesus. When we’re in the presence of God, we’re dependent on His mercy and terrified of His sovereignty.
God is not a character in our religious puppet show. He’s not a manipulation tool to control the unruly. He’s not an electric fence and he’s not the boogie man. God is beyond your understanding and out of your control. People will use your mistakes like duct tape, scripture like ropes and tell you that God condemns you to Hell. Anyone who ties you up, keeps you from screaming and tries to kill you is not from God. Run.
So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. -1 Corinthians 10:14