It is truly amazing that with everything we know about life and Godliness, so many of us still fall prey to things that should have been learned long ago. The truth is, just because we once knew something to be true is no guarantee we still believe it to be so. Time has a way of healing old wounds, giving us experiential knowledge and other good things. But, time also has a way of providing a means for us to fall into bad habits while growing ever the duller, spiritually sleepy and at times belligerent.
Periodically we all should take some time to evaluate how we think, how we live, what we say and how much of God's Word we really manifest in our daily walk. Bad habits sneak in and then slowly take hold if we do not spot and correct them. Prolonged periods of intense pressure or fatigue cause us to look for the easiest way out. Unfortunately, the easy way is not necessarily the right way or God's way.
When we are tired, sick, in pain or under intense mental pressure we lose the patience and persistence to locate God's promised way out of any situation. God has indeed told us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 the following incredible promise:
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.
God will not allow us to be tempted above what we are able to bear. God has promised that in every situation tempting us to give up, God will always make an escape so that we can manifest the patience and endurance needed to hang in through the hurricane and see the glory of the new day.
Man is not faithful to his word. Man lies all the time by making promises he knows he cannot and will not keep. God is not a man that He should lie. God is incapable of lying in fact. Since God is truth, there can be no lie in Him. Since God is faithful, He must fulfill His Word that He has spoken. God has promised us that there will ALWAYS be an escape from any situation tempting us to forsake Him.
It is my observation that newer Christians tend to believe this verse more than older Christians. This is because the longer we live the more we fall back on our own resources and means to provide for our needs and get us out of jams we get ourselves into. This attitude is dangerous and breeds the wrong kind of self-confidence.
I highly advocate every one of us take a checkup from the neck up and see if we have allowed the temptation to be our own sufficiency to overtake us. If we have, I highly encourage that we deal with the situation through opening our hearts to the Father and asking Him for not only forgiveness but also the strength to trust Him fully.
The government, church, family or our job is NOT our sufficiency. God has promised to always make an escape so we can bear up to the pressures of life and the temptation to forsake His Word. I pray that each one of us renews our personal conviction to fully trust God no matter what. I pray that we all cease looking for the easy way out and look for the escape God has promised.
Thank you and Blessings 2 You!
[quote]The government, church, family or our job is NOT our sufficiency. [/quote]
And yet these are the things we generally look to first. May we remember that God and God alone is our sufficiency.