Daily Prayer 3/18/19

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

The apostle Paul writes instruction originally intended for specific churches he led, but it is amazingly applicable to all of us today and we would do well to heed his guidance. This verse speaks of temptation or testing as it is translated here. I don’t believe God “tests” us to see if we will fail, that’s not the way love works. I’m sure we’re all more than capable of finding our own wrongs to choose.

However, as Paul writes, we are all “tested” in similar ways, everyone faces being tempted. What matters is how we come through the situation – sometimes falling and asking forgiveness, sometimes choosing the path God has for us and offering praise for His help.

Even Jesus was tempted, but He knew to rely on God for the love, strength and guidance He needed to be able to choose right over wrong. God is there for us as well, offering us the “way out” as Paul tells us.

Gracious God, thank You for the blessing of Your Word, which instructs and guides us through times of trouble. Let us always prays as Jesus taught “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. Amen.

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