John 16.12 cont.
12 Yet there are many things I have to say to you, but you are not able to cope with them now.
Many new drivers may be concerned as to whether or not they will be able to cope with driving on their own, once they have passed their test. The first time that I drove on the continent I was concerned about being able to cope with driving on the right-hand side of the road. How would I cope with the different road rules and procedures in France? Yet as soon as we were off the ferry and driving through Calais I found that I coped very well.
Jesus will never lead us into situation that we are unable to cope with.
King David knew that he would never be alone:
You both precede and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head – Psalm 139.5 (NLT).
These are great words of encouragement to us all. Wherever God leads us He has already prepared the way. He is the One who also watches our back to protect us. He does this through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The truth is that He will not lead us into situations that would be too much for us.
Paul wrote these words concerning temptation:
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure – 1 Corinthians 10.13 (NLT).
In the Upper Room Jesus was assuring His disciples that He was not going to reveal things to them that they would not be able to endure.
What was it that they were not able to cope with?
Perhaps it was the details of His betrayal by Judas; His arrest; His trial before the Sanhedrin, and then before Pilate; His death by crucifixion.
Had Jesus revealed all this to them they may have been tempted to run for their lives. This would have been a natural reaction, as is seen by only John being at the cross to support Him.
Jesus knows when we are in a position of faith to deal with difficulties, and He prepares us to be ready for them.