Years ago, as a new Christian, I often wondered about "the way of escape" about which Paul spoke to the Corinthian church. By the teaching of His Word, by His Spirit, the practical application of 1 Corinthians 10:13 has become increasingly clear through the years of ministry that God has so graciously given.
There is no difficulty or trial which touches a life that is outside the scope of the eternal, sovereign God of the universe. He is always at work in the ministry of calling natural (lost) men to Himself, restoring the carnal (wayward), and comforting the heart of the spiritual (faithful).
No trial is uncommon or familiar to the human race. However, the focus and goal must not be the trial, but
rather, must be the faithful God, Who is at work to accomplish His purpose and plan for each life. The way of escape provided is always the biblical solution given in His revealed Word, leading to individual conformity to Christ.
- When situations seem to trigger discouragement, God teaches me to hope and praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance. (Psalm 43:5).
- When situations seem to bring out faint-heartedness, God teaches me that He will buoy me up on wings as eagles as I wait upon Him (Isaiah 40:28).
- When I am disappointed, God teaches me to place all my expectations on Him (Psalm 62:5).
- When I am overwhelmed by my thoughts, God teaches me that His comforts delight my soul (Psalm 29:14)
The saving and sustaining grace of God enables me to bear any trial by His grace, for His glory.
Today I will trust God's faithfulness, and his promise to disallow any trial to be more than I can bear, but will with the trial, make a way to escape so that I can bear it, supported by the everlasting arms of God, my eternal refuge ( Deuteronomy 33:27).
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