1 Corinthians 10:13
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
"God want give you more than you can handle." All my life when I or someone else was going through a hard time somewhere someone would say this. I remember at times thinking to myself "I wish He didn't think so much of me".
When you first read over this scripture and think about the word temptation most of us think about being tempted into sin. The Greek word that is used here is peirasmos. There are many meanings : trial, testing, enticement to sin, the trial of man's fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy. But the one that leaped out at me is enticed to lapse from the faith and holiness. Honestly, there are times that I have been tempted to let my faith "lapse". I have been tempted to let my faith fall into an inferior state or condition. Times when after years and years of trusting Him to answer a certain prayer that I truly just wanted to give up. When He led me to take a risk and in the natural I can’t see yet where it made a difference at all. But the truth of this scripture is not about ME handling "it". The truth is that HE makes the way to escape. It’s not about us doing it on our own. Whether it IS a temptation to sin or to let our faith lapse it’s about us trusting Him and recognizing the “escape route” He has provided.
Jesus told us that in this world we would have trouble. BUT to be of good cheer for HE has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
So on those days when you think you just can’t handle one more thing look for His “escape route”. It will be there. And remember what Phil. tells us. I can do all (yes ALL) things through Christ who strengthens me!!!
This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear your comments.
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