“No temptation has seized you that is not common to man. And God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Father, this is a verse You have made personal in my life over and over again. What a great assurance that there is nothing I can be tempted with or have to face, that hasn’t been faced before by someone else somewhere.
Your Word tells me “There is nothing new under the sun.” And although some of the specifics or details change over the generations, the temptation boils down to the same thing, the same weaknesses, the same sin.
In this, You reassure me that You are faithful. It is not a matter of opinion or feeling. It is a fact of Your identity – who You are, how You are. It cannot be changed.
Another unchanging truth is that You are in control. You have the power, the authority, the sovereignty to take charge of any situation, any circumstance. And while I do not always understand why some things happen, why they are allowed into my life; I choose to trust that You know better than me. I trust that You can see all the way into eternity, and know what You are doing.
And in that faithfulness and sovereignty, You set a limit on how far I will be tempted. The hard part here, the part that is so worrisome for me is:
what You know I can bear,
is often much more than I think I can bear.
And definitely, more than I want to bear.
So it is a challenge to remind myself that since You created me, You know me better than I know myself. And in that, there is a peace I can rely on.
I have heard, that the strength of a ship is only proven in the storm. And that the beauty of music produced by a piano, is only possible by the 39,000 pounds of pressure applied to the strings!
So, stress can provide what is needed for proving the strength and beauty within to be shown without.
When I am tempted, and I notice You didn’t say “if I am tempted”, You have promised a way of escape so I can stand up under it. The Greek word “hupomeno” means to “bear up under.” So the weight will not crush me. You will give me a way to persevere and endure.
Thank You Father that others have endured whatever I am to go through. Thank You that Your character of faithfulness is sure, and Your control is indisputable. I praise You that You direct Your faithfulness towards me, and that You know me personally, and so well, that You set the limit of my circumstances.
Thank You that I am assured, that no matter what, You will provide a way for me to endure. Only Your love would protect me like that. I am so blessed by knowing You. And by knowing I can trust You, in all things. No matter what. Amen