No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
Our key Scripture tells us that with temptation God will also make a way of escape. In this particular context the word temptation in the Greek means, "attempt, trial, testing, experience, proof; to try, tempt; temptation, trial, testing".
So what the writer is literally saying is that tests and trials are sure to come, not just in your life but in the life of everyone around you but we serve a faithful God that will give us a way out so we are able to deal with each trial we face.
Too many of us are overwhelmed by the things we might encounter each day. A house full of overactive children (or shoot maybe just one), mounting bills with no insight on how to pay them, trouble on your job, inconsiderate professors, unfavorable health diagnoses, hurt from people you love, feeling stuck in unhealthy and unhappy relationships this list could go on forever.
But we only become overwhelmed when we have not allowed ourselves to come and rest in Jesus. We become overwhelmed when we attempt to make our own ways of escape even when the Scripture tells us that He "will also make THE WAY of escape" so we can handle what we're dealing with. There is a way to deal with the struggles of today and that is through the way, the truth, and the life...Jesus Christ. If you are in your word you will get direction specific to your situation. If you are communicating with God through prayer you will get the answers specific to your situation. Go to Him first let Him show you the escape necessary to lighten your load.
The lyrics of one particular song continue to rise in my spirit. It's the Matt Maher's song I Need You, covered by Lauren Daigle. She sings, "Teach my song to rise to you. When temptation comes my way. When I cannot stand I'll fall on you. Cause Jesus you're my hope and stay."
Here's the prayer for today...Lord teach our spirits, souls, every portion of our being to rise to you whenever we face trials that would normally bring us down. When it feels like we cannot stand may we not fall into the trap of the enemy but onto you, the one who saved us, the one who intercedes for us, the one who loves us, the one who is consistent, and who our hope resides in. We release every burden to you. In Jesus' name, amen.
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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