God won’t give you more than you can handle. Are we going to say that to Job who lost everything? Or the teenager being trafficked in Thailand? Or a victim’s husband in Nazi Germany? The Bible says, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (I Cor. 10:13). It is dealing with sin, not suffering. If you tell someone that God won’t give her more than she can handle, and she is not handling it, there is something wrong with her. No, there is something wrong with you. Never say it.
This is a bad time for this to happen. And what would have been a good time, when you’re driving around the block just to kill time? When my car failed to start recently, I remembered times when I thought, “Bad timing.” I decided that was stupid, so I said instead, “God, this is a good time for this to happen.” Didn’t fix the car, did fix the attitude.
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Hey, if it’s worth doing, just do it. Don’t attach a condition. Too many perfectionists back down because they can’t do it just right. Let them off the hook. Lower the standard so they can relax and do something mediocre.
I don’t deserve this. Oh, really. You’ve chosen the merit system rather than the mercy system. Good luck. Getting what you deserve is not close to good. Like the lady who slapped the photo down on the counter and said, “This picture does not do me justice.” To which the clerk said, “Ma’am, you don’t want justice—you want mercy.” Me too.
Why did this happen to me? I can understand why you might say this. Think it through. How about Harvey next door? Or your pastor? If we agree that bad things happen to good people and “in the world you will have tribulation,” as Jesus said, then we’re learning that missing a plane or denting the car or losing a job might happen to good people like you.
No one’s perfect. We all make mistakes. So does that let you off the hook? Sounds like somebody may be running from conviction. Is it that uncomfortable that we would rather say something stupid than deal with the problem? Let’s ‘fess up’ and acknowledge irresponsibility.
If you do that one more time… Really? Has it been seventy times seven already? Do you sit on the Supreme Court? Does your verdict stick? Has your great virtue finally reached the end of its toleration point? Just be thankful that God doesn’t say to you, “If you do that one more time…” If He says it, duck!
This weather is terrible. And who is over the weather? Are you judging the weather guy or the God of the universe? In reality, nature is in a bad mood as a result of the fall (Rom. 8:19-22), as Larry Osborne, a good writer, likes to say, and some weather truly is bad, like tornadoes and hurricanes. They won’t continue in the new earth, when “mother” nature is released from her depression.
It’s going around. Then is it coming around? Are you its next victim? Of all the luck. Someone said something somewhere about living by faith. That’s close in the dictionary to fate—but a long way off. Don’t take in every stray cat, or every stray germ or stray thought. Take ‘em captive to Christ. Let’s try believing God and overcoming! Hey, not a bad idea.
Lesson: Don’t believe everything you think—and don’t say it either!