So many of us have recently been tested. Most of us aren’t out of the woods yet. There is new hope with the new year, but the problems we’ve been facing still haven’t concluded. We are struggling with our issues, giving them to God and taking them back and then giving them to Him again. It’s the dance we do as believers. This weeks scripture is for that:
1 Corinthians 10:13New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
We are reminded here that with every problem, there is a provision. Let’s say that again – WITH EVERY PROBLEM, THERE IS A PROVISION. God, who Loves us and guides us in our growth in Christ, doesn’t give us tests and temptations that are beyond our capabilities. Furthermore, He provides for us all that we require to move through the challenge to it’s final conclusion.
Paul’s words are letting us know that the problems we face are not unique; problems of fear, relationship, faithlessness, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, threatened security, whatever. They are the problems common to humanity and many many others have gone before us and found the way out, they’ve endured. It’s comforting to know that, isn’t it?
Contemplate this weeks scripture and know that, whatever you are facing, God has provided the strength, faith, courage, focus, resolve, humor, community, and other resources that you need to endure it and find your way out.
I will be thinking about that this week and taking note of changes in my own world view as I hold this scripture close.
Write it out, tape it to your mirror or refrigerator, and allow this beautiful word from 1 Corinthians to enter your spirit in some way this week.