Monday, February 5, 2001

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
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."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13

This is a great scripture... warning us to take heed (sometimes we think we can walk, when we are still a little wobbly, since it is still so new to us...), but then also comforting us.
It reminds us that we are not the exception... alone, with no one to relate.  Sin is a common problem... which is one reason we go to our Sinners Anonymous (church) meetings, right?  So that we can commune with others who have similar problems.  My favorite part of this second verse is: God is faithful.  A pretty obvious thing, if you think about it... but too often, we don't.  We think that there is no way out... that we are trapped.  Or maybe, we think that we can't handle it... it is all too overwhelming.  But none of that is ever true.  God doesn't give us things that we are unable to handle... with his help.  And he doesn't allow us to be overwhelmed.  I know that we get close sometimes, but he always offers us a respite from the pressure... and there is always an escape from the temptation.  So, today, when we feel like things are overwhelming... when we feel like we have no other options, let's look to God.  He will show us the ones that we are missing.  He will help us bear our burdens, and share our sorrow.  God *is* faithful.

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