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8/21 Tensile Strength
« on: August 21, 2006, 08:46:38 AM »
Tensile Strength

READ: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9

When a new highway loop was being completed in West Michigan, a real danger was discovered. The bridges had been designed to bear their own weight—but not the traffic they were intended to carry. Before the highway could be opened, several bridges had to be re-engineered and rebuilt.

Engineers have to be especially concerned with the tensile strength of the material in their construction plans for structures that are required to bear large amounts of stress due to weight. Tensile strength is the maximum amount of stretching a material can withstand before it tears. If the engineer miscalculates, the structure may collapse under the pressure.

When we are under the weight of stress and hardship, we may wonder whether our Lord, who engineered us, has miscalculated our personal “tensile strength.” We are certain that we are going to collapse under the weight of the trials, but our Designer knows exactly what we can handle by His grace. He knows our limits and will never permit more than we can bear. As Bible teacher Ron Hutchcraft said, “God may send a load, but He never sends an overload!”

Reinforced by the steel of God’s provision, our tensile strength won’t fail. —Bill Crowder

Wait on the Lord from day to day,
Strength He provides in His own way;
There’s no need for worry, no need to fear,
He is our God who is always near.  —Fortna

Your problems can never exhaust God’s provisions.

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Re: 8/21 Tensile Strength
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2006, 09:31:56 AM »
Amen!

Cupcake

Re: 8/21 Tensile Strength
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2006, 10:27:24 AM »
I posted this in the MoD forum Devotional that Wojo does there too, but I thought I should share here. 
Quote from: {MoD} Cupcake
HEY!  I know exactly what bridge structure was mentioned in this devotional.  It's on the new highway M-6.  It's actually about 3 minutes away from my house.  What happened was a news crew was covering the progress of the bridge and they had one of their own engineers with them kind of describing what was going on there.  He looked and noticed that they didn't use the right size bolts and a few of the other materials weren't right.  So he called up the builders and the engineers and they looked into it and sure enough they had to rebuild the thing.  It was good though.  They said that had it gone un-noticed, it would have started falling down after a few years potentially killing a bunch of people.  God looks out in different ways that's for sure.