“God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians x, 13.
How many times have you said, “God, this is more than what I can bear!” Believing that what you are enduring is much beyond your capacity, you react adversely. Some people take to extreme steps thinking that life itself is beyond what they can endure.
The God of the Bible says that He will never give anyone a burden that is beyond their capacity to endure. How is that supposed to cheer you up? Your capacity to bear pain, hardship, temptations and rejection is much more than what you had estimated. The sheer magnitude of what you are going through indicates the sheer magnitude of your God-given capacity to suffer and endure. You will not breakdown if you understand and believe this divine promise. God never gives us a burden to bear without first giving us the ability to bear it. Thank God for His strength that flows into us.
The second part of the promise is about a “way of escape.” Whenever a person is tempted or tested, God provides a way of escape, so that “you will be able to endure it.” Therefore, each time you feel stretched or tested, look for the “escape” route that God provides in His mercy instead of focusing on the trouble at hand. It is distressing to see that even God’s people mistake suicide for an “escape” route from their troubles. Suicide does not provide a solution for any trouble or trial. The “way of escape” that God provides will help you to remain victorious in the land of the living.
If you are facing constant temptations that could lead you to sin, remember that it is not a sin to experience temptation. You can flee temptations by moving away from the source of temptation or circumstances that foster sin. If you are glad that you are tempted and if you linger long enough, you will miss God’s “way of escape” and will fall into sin. The Lord who taught his disciples to pray “Lead us not into temptation” does not want you to nurse temptation.
Remember, God is faithful. Will you be faithful to Him?