The Breaking Point
This is yet another tremendous verse of comfort in God’s Word for those who are hurting in any way. Satan will continue to attack faithful Christians. He is not going to let up. He is bent on destroying each one of us. To that end, he will push and push until it seems to us that we have reached our breaking point. He pushed Job that hard. He pushed Jeremiah to the point that the mighty prophet thought about quitting (Jeremiah 20:9ff). He took the psalmist, Asaph to the brink of despair (Psalm 73). He tried to take down Elijah (I Kings 19:1ff). He even took his best shot at Jesus (Matthew 4:1ff). Paul affirmed, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (II Timothy 3:12).
For every push and every shove that Satan initiates, God is there and, through His Word, He helps us to push back. Paul’s statement in I Corinthians 10:13 attests to this fact. Satan is limited in his power. He is not stronger than God and when we walk faithfully with the Lord, we are stronger than Satan (I John 4:4).
We know that Satan has been on the attack since the Garden of Eden. Does it ever feel to you, though, that the devil has saved his very worst for you? Have you ever had moments of such darkness and despair that it seems impossible that anyone could have ever faced anything any worse than you are facing? Paul’s words indicate that you are not Satan’s special whipping post. What he is trying to do to you is the same that he has tried to do to others. Your difficulties may seem more intense than those anyone else has ever experienced, but they are not. Sin exists in the world. Co-existing with sin are trials, temptations and sorrow. This is common to man. This is an ordinary part of life that will continue as long as this sinful world stands.
Were we to stop reading at the previous paragraph we would have sufficient reason to be depressed. But reading on in I Corinthians 10:13 we find there are three Divine responses to the daily presence of life’s trials. The first response is that God is faithful. II Timothy 2:13 echoes this sentiment, adding regarding our Lord, “he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” In Hebrews 13:5 the Lord said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” The Lord will never let us down. The second response comes as a result of the first. Because God is faithful, He will not allow us to be pushed beyond what we are able to handle. As noted earlier, God is still stronger than Satan and when we are walking with God, we are stronger than Satan. We can overcome him. Though every Christian was at one time a servant of Satan, because of our obedience from the heart to the Word of God, we no longer have to be slaves of the devil (Romans 6:17ff). He cannot push us past our breaking point. The Lord will not allow it to happen. The third response ties in to the first two. Because God is faithful, whenever it seems that we have been pushed to our breaking point, we can know that God will provide a way of escape for us. Of course, that way of escape takes effort to find. God is not going to tap us on the shoulder and say, “Go this way.” But the fact that the escape route is there and can be found through faith is encouragement enough to keep moving ahead and continue our battle against the king of the damned.
I Corinthians 10:13 concludes with a refreshingly relaxing thought. Whatever Satan throws at us will never be more than we can handle if we are walking hand in hand with the Lord. God will ever be true to us and will make a way of escape so that we can endure whatever hardship we are facing.
Life gets very difficult at times and then it gets even harder. Satan so desperately wants us to throw our hands up in desperation and turn our backs on God. He pushes, he shoves and yet he is still inferior to God. The faithful Christian realizes that he or she will not be pushed past the breaking point. Whenever we think we are close to that point though, we need to turn to God and ask for patience and persistence and go to His Word to remind ourselves of the many words of comfort therein, including those in I Corinthians 10:13.