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Breaking Points by Sheldon Bass

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (1 Cor. 10:13 NIV)

Harvey was accustomed to fishing in freshwater lakes. But now, we were taking him shark fishing in Florida. He tells the story of shopping for the right fishing rod and reel, which could stand up to the strain of a 200 pound saltwater shark.

Harvey did a lot of research beforehand. He wanted to know the exact breaking point: how many pounds of pressure the rods and reels could withstand before they'd snap. The stores didn't have that information, but the manufacturers did. It's a good thing he called them; Harvey ended up catching the biggest shark.

Our creator knows more about every aspect of our being than we do. He's intimately familiar with each of his creations of love. And He is fully aware of our breaking point: how much we can endure, which is usually much more than we think. It takes intense heat and tons of pressure to form a quality diamond. He's shaping us into strong, beautiful Christ-like people that He will treasure for eternity.

God will never give us more than we can handle along with His help.

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