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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A challenge - or as the old Jewish saying goes "let us consider this together"

I was asked a question this week from someone who was spending some time thinking and philosophizing.

"God says he is only going to give us what we can handle, right?  Well then why does he say we are to hand all of our worries  and woes over to him? Did he just want to see if we were willing to give it up?"

I challenged back "where does God say he is only going to give us what we can handle?"  After all, why do people have a tendency to think that God would pour troubles onto his children? 

Our troubles come from living in a sinful world.  There are consequences of sin.  Some are passed down from our ancestors in generational sins.  Some are passed on from other people who impose their freedom of choice on those around them with negative influences and consequences.  (For instance, someone that chooses to steal from another or rape another person is using their freewill to take away another persons freewill.) Some consequences come from our own sins.

I received back this tidbit:  Some people say that it is an old Yiddish parable.  Others feel that it is pulled from these verses: 1 Corinthians 10:13  1 Peter 2:19 and James 1:12

1 Corinthians 10:13

New International Version (NIV)
13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Peter 2:19

New International Version (NIV)
19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

James 1:12

New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

The verses are encouragements for those who are going through temptations and trials.  "God is faithful...he will provide a way out...blessed is the one who perseveres under trial"  God does not give us what he thinks we can handle but he does give us THROUGH HIM the strength to handle what comes our way.  I would add to the verses given to me a favorite verse of mine.  Philippians 4:13  The key is that we need to turn it over to Him.  So the final portion of my answer is that yes, God wants us to turn our lives over to Him.  Not one part but every part including the good, bad and ugly. 

Philippians 4:13

New International Version (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him (Jesus) who gives me strength.

 Definition of Yiddish (n)

Bing Dictionary
 [ yĆ­ddish ]   
  1. Jewish language based on German: a language derived from a medieval German dialect and written in Hebrew script, spoken by some Jews in Europe, Israel, and North and South America.

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