By: Carole L. Haines
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and 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 10:13)
We are called to place our hope in God alone.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. (Psalm 39:7)
What does temptation really encompass? Are we only tempted by evil? Or can it be that we want something good, but it may not be God’s Best for us? I looked up the word tempted in the original Greek and found this definition: to test, try, entice, or prove. As I read the whole definition, I began to realize that it’s not just about evil, but sometimes our faith is being proved or tested.
I began to sense that my hope was shifting from God onto having a particular outcome to a situation in my life right now. I was listening to a Lesson my husband was given one night, and he talked about this very thing and it made me realize that I must never want anything more than I want God’s Best for my life. God places desires, gifts, talents and many good things to enjoy. Yet we must never shift our hope to those things but keep our focus on Christ. In the opening Scripture above it says:
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.
God will not allow us to be tested, enticed, or tried above what we are able to handle, but will provide the way of escape for us. That way of escape is defined as an exit, a way out. I am in a situation right now that I desire to escape. It has become a very wearying and difficult task for me. But I must not seek my own way out. I must wait on the Lord to provide the way He desires me to exit the situation. I believe He will either remove me or He will change my heart’s desire to leave. I can trust Him with this, as with so many other situations from my past where He provided the way.
That way of escape is said to be provided “so that you will be able to endure it.” God has been speaking to my heart for a few days about this, and I have been listening and praying. I will wait for His answer and not seek an escape of my own. God’s timing is perfect, and I have learned to rest in His perfect timing, even in my great struggles. Here is one of my favorite Scriptures:
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works. (Psalm 73:28)
If you are wrestling in a difficult place, or with a difficult task, rest in His perfect provision of the way of escape. Rest in Him and wait for it. His timing is perfect, and He will faithfully show you the way.