After years of putting my personal fitness on the proverbial back burner, a couple months ago I started working out every week with a certified personal trainer. During a recent workout, we did 20 reps of a deadlift exercise for endurance. He asked me, as he often does, how do you feel? He is very attuned to any pain or proneness to injury that may occur from poor form and so on. I told him that I felt good, but that I was fairly sure 25 reps would be my max.
I then added, "I hate to tell you that," and smiled thinking we would be dancing all over the max for the next several sets. What he said next reminded me of 1 Corinthians 10:13. He said, "it is helpful for you to tell me things like that, because I like to stay about 5 reps below your max."
1 Corinthians 10:13 (CSB) tells us, "No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it."
At times in our Christian journey, we can feel that the limit of what we are able to bear is upon us, and it helps to know that our all-knowing God knows better than us where that point is. We can trust Him and His promise of a way to escape in that hour of temptation. As our Lord Jesus said in the model prayer, "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Let us give God glory today that He knows our max and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear.