"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
This life is hard. It is often full of disappointment and suffering. Sometimes we feel alone and hopeless. We may even feel that our troubles are too much for us to bear and that no one really understands just how tough we have it. That’s why the Christian must live a life of fact over feeling. Facts are unchanging. Our feelings change like the weather and the tides. They come and go; they rise and fall, but facts are always facts.
Let me encourage you to joyfully face the facts. What are they? First, your situation is not at all unique: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” “No temptation” here also means no difficult situation. The good news is that whatever your situation, others have had similar hardship---other Christian brothers and sisters, too. That means there is both help and hope. There is truly nothing new under the sun. You are not facing and will never face a problem that those before you have not faced. Why is this good news? It’s good news because there are others you can look to in the body of Christ for help, encouragement, and understanding. Even if they haven’t had the same exact problem, they probably know of someone who has. So, whatever your problem, don’t withdraw from your church family, engage them by asking for help, prayer, and wisdom. Second, God is (always) faithful. You may have let yourself down. You may have let others down. Others may have let you down (people will always, sooner or later, disappoint). But God is faithful. How is God faithful? He’s faithful in countless ways. But in our verse we see His faithfulness described in two ways:
1) He’s faithful to NEVER, EVER give you more than you can handle: “He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.” You may feel differently at times, but the fact is that God never gives us more than we can handle. Why? How can we say this?
2) God, being faithful, will always, always provide: “with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Remember nothing takes God by surprise or catches Him off guard. He is infinite in His wisdom, perfect in His love, and totally in control of all things. Every hardship you face is a divine gift that is intended to enable you to upgrade your faith by drawing closer to Him as you depend on Him in new ways and to teach you to see just how reliable God is in any and all situations. That’s why you can rejoice in the facts that your situation is not unique and that God is faithful to see you through whatever situation you face. In His infinite wisdom, He knows just what you need, just when you need it. In His perfect love, He will not neglect any real need you have. In His total control of each and every good and bad situation, nothing can happen that does not ultimately work together for good. And because He is infinitely wise, perfectly loving, and totally in control, He will see to it that you will be able to bear up under it and endure whatever hardship you face. He will always provide the needed resources. When one door seems to close, it’s because He’s opening up a new one. You just have to trust God, even when life hurts. He is always faithful and He is always enough.
Posted on Mon, August 25, 2014
by Sam Petitfils