November 19th, 2013
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
If you are like me, then it is easy to admit that we all face trials, troubles, and even temptations. If there was something common to every man and woman, it would be that we all encounter difficulties. In the Bible Job said, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”
Sometimes those difficulties wear us down. Sometimes we can get discouraged. Sometimes we can find ourselves overwhelmed. Because of the trouble, we can feel like we are drowning.
We may even feel like nobody cares and no one knows the trouble we face. Thoughts of loneliness begin to complicate the situation and send our emotions into a panic. Our mind begins to feel like an earthquake and our thoughts are scattered. We can’t seem to focus.
Trouble can cause a lot of trouble. I believe many can identify. In the midst of the trouble, often we just wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We do all we can just to survive.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, I believe God gives us the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a light that can be seen whether we are just entering our trial, or whether we are deep in the midst of the trouble. Three words stick out to me in my trial. I believe they can be a reminder and a glimmer of hope in the trial of every child of God. After mentioning the trouble that everyone faces, Paul then reminds us that “God is faithful.”
Satan is quick to get us to question God. Satan feeds us lies about whether God really cares about us. Satan works to convince us that we are not worth God’s time or attention. Satan paints a picture of God that says that He is not good. For how can a good God allow such a terrible time? All this is done to get our attention off of the truth that “God is faithful.”
God is faithful to stay nearby. Even in those times when we have pushed God away, He still stays within reach. God has promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) We may not be as close to God as we once were, but God always remains within His reach to watch over us. The Psalmist said, “thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” (Psalm 9:10) Partnered with every difficulty is the promise that God is never far away. God is faithful.
God is also faithful to stay in control. While it may not always appear so to us, God is never surprised by our problems. God is not the originator of evil times, but He can always remain in control in spite of evil workings. The presence of sin and the Devil has made this world confusing and chaotic. Yet, God has not lost control and continues to work and see His purpose carried out. Even as we face troubles, God remains able to guide us through to the other side with victory. Paul said, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) God is faithful.
God is also faithful to make a way through. We may not see the other side of our trial yet, but we can trust that God knows the way. No trial we ever face has to be too big for us to face. God never allows into our lives what He cannot equip us to confront. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that God will “make a way to escape.” There is an end. This trouble will not last forever. If we allow God to bring us through the trial, it will then only serve to strengthen our faith. If we will focus on God, we will never have to worry about the end. Why? Because God is faithful.
Whether you are just entering a trouble or are already deep in the midst of a trial, take courage in knowing that God is faithful. He is never far away. He will aways be in control. He can always bring us through without the trial destroying us, if we will let Him. I would hope you will catch this truth: the faithfulness of God will never be as clear and apparent as when we are in the midst of trouble. It is in our trial that God becomes more real to us than ever. And were it not for the trouble, we would not know God as well as we can. See the light at the end of the tunnel. It is not the end in sight. It is the faithful God that brings us hope and strength to face whatever the day may bring.