“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
At last, I feel the Lord has given me light on a subject I’ve been wrangling with for a very long time. I get the feeling that this Scripture has become twisted to mean something it never said.
I’ve been going through a detrimental time of it in many ways for the past two years, at least. When I converse with someone very close to me on the subject, this person takes this Scripture and seems to make it mean that the Lord won’t allow us more PAIN than we can bear. That has never sat right with me. Why, then, would God allow such terrible sufferings to be put upon so many of His people, then? I mean, who would be happy knowing they were going to be beheaded, (John the Baptist), boiled in oil, (John the Evangelist), set on fire, (Shadrach, Meshach, AbedNego) etc.? Surely these things are more than ANYONE can bear? And yet, so many stories abound of these terrible things happening to those who love the Lord and won’t be shaken from their love for Him. They look for a better resurrection. Reading through Hebrews 11 would instantly open anyone’s eyes to the fact that many people went through dreadful persecution in the Old Testament. And in the New, who would normally be able to hang on a cross with pleasure? Or have rocks thrown at them without trembling? The power of the Holy Spirit takes hold of those who go through these dreadful persecutions and He gives them strength to endure it. If not for the cross, for instance, Christ’s pardon could not be had. If Stephen had preached his sermon in vain, (Acts 7) only to be killed in the way he was, and if Christ hadn’t honoured his love for Him by standing there with heaven opened, Stephen could have failed his test. But he saw Christ standing there, waiting for him.
These things matter! In Scripture, we see the ways of God put upon His people who then take up whatever challenge is thrown their way. We see throughout the Bible that some are faithful while others are not so faithful and they don’t finish well. Each one suffers some kind of pain, but if we are willing to trust in God and have faith that He will keep us, whatever we face, then we will have the strength to get through anything. When we look to the Scripture in 1 Corinthians 10:13, we must look at it from Christ’s point of view. Look at what Jesus went through when He was first tested in Matthew 4:1-11. After 40 days without food, what is the first test the devil brings? “Turn these stones into bread!” What is the way of escape that Christ finds? He quotes Scripture: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God!” Friends, that’s our way of escape! It’s pretty obvious to me. We may go through awful trying times and those times will more than likely be dreadfully painful, even frightening, and we may make many mistakes and react as we should not. But if we keep our eyes on Christ, learning from Him and taking Scripture into our hearts so that we can give an answer from Scripture for every temptation, we have our way of escape.
It’s best not to try and twist Scripture to wriggle our way out of pain. We are promised persecution of every sort if we want to live a Godly life. (2 Timothy 3:12). If we want to be strong, and if we want to endure each test, then let us at least fill ourselves up with God’s word so that we can always fling Satan’s fiery darts away from ourselves by giving an answer from the Lord. It struck me over quite a long period of time that when the Lord gave this Scripture, not many people knew how to apply it. It is definitely NOT saying we will be kept from pain, however terrible it may be to us. Deliverance from evil means that we will always have an answer for the hope which is set before us. (1 Peter 3:15). If we don’t have hope, then why do we say we believe?
Just a thought.