“… that you may be able to endure it.”

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, there is a forgotten phrase at the end of the scripture. Or at least, I should say, I have forgotten it. And this oversight has caused some misinterpretation of the passage. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” In this scripture, there are 4 stated facts about God, but the last one often goes overlooked and I am sure that it is due to the subconscious reasoning of Man.

1) No matter what God has allowed us to be tempted with, we are not the first to be tempted by it.

2) God is faithful and knows the weight that each and every person is capable of tolerating.

3) God has provided a way for each person to break free of burdens.

4) But that route means that we MUST live through and experience the encounter God has presented to us.

I often hear those first 3 points, and have myself, used them to encourage others through difficult times. But just today that last phrase, point #4, jumped out at me. How often do we press into God for increased growth and strength yet, when trials come, we plead with Him to remove the trial or we have a temper-tantrum blaming Him because we think we did everything so correct that there is no reason for the trial to be there. We want what we are asking for, but we don’t want the testing that proceeds the mastery of the concept. We forget that John 16:33 says, “In the world you will have tribulation.” And yet again, we casually overlook the last phrase of that scripture also, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” These are the words of Jesus, and because we know that Jesus never spoke or did anything that was not originated by the Father (John 5:19), we can attribute these words as a promise from the Father. Jesus has overcome the world and our inheritance is in Him. We are His legacy and He has therefore given us the strength, power, and authority to overcome the world as well.

And now, back to point #4 in 1 Corinthians 10:13, actually, points 3 and 4 are connected. Our way of escape is through our faith and belief in Jesus as The Christ. This leads to our wherewithal to live through and experience the encounter God has presented to us with His peace as our anchor of hope (John 14:27; Philippians 4:7; Hebrews 6:19).

Have you been lost and seemingly forgotten in the world wind of life? Do you feel as if you are in a labyrinth with no clue of understanding which passageway you should take next? My encouragement for you today is “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Place your hope and your trust, your strength and your might, your confidence and your conviction all on Him. Set your affections upon the Lord today. For He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7) and desires to fulfill you and fill you with an endless supply of His life-giving streams of water. He is the sustainer of your soul and ever-present help in times of need (Psalm 46:1-11).

“…that you may be able to endure it” is a precious valuable promise from our Heavenly Father — God. The life He has ordained for each and every one of His children has been divinely fixed that we should prosper and have success according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That which has been allowed to come before you is a crucial puzzle piece to clearly defining the future that has been prepared for you. Dare to embrace it with patience, joy, and zeal that you may be ever enriched by it.

“‘And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, ‘Be gone!’” (Isaiah 30:20-22)

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