September 6, 2017

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) — 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Have you ever thought that the Lord might be working things out on your behalf to provide a way out of a temptation before you even get to the temptation? This thought occurred to me as I was reading 1Samuel 29. David had been tired of running from King Saul so he decided to go and live with the enemy Philistines. Saul then quit chasing him. Over a few years David gained the trust of King Achish and one day when Achish was going to go to war against Saul and Israel David asked to go along. Achish agreed and even made David and his men his personal body guards.

However Achish’s generals reminded the king that David was the one who had slaughtered Philistines years ago and that the Israelite women even sang a song about it. They sang that Saul had killed his thousands but David had killed his ten thousands. The generals said that they couldn’t trust David because he might turn on them in the heat of battle so they insisted that Achish send David and his men back to their home in Ziklag. Achish finally agreed and he sent David away.

Had David fought and killed his own people he would have regretted it for the rest of his life. It would have changed not only his own personal history but the history of the whole nation of Israel. But God stepped in and changed things before he even got to the temptation of killing his own people! God truly provided a way out for David when he didn’t even know he needed a way out. God is faithful.

I wonder how many times God provides ways out of temptations for us before we get to the temptation? Something comes up so you can’t go out with your friends. You got called in to work so you couldn’t spend the day at the mall. You have nothing to do so you sit down with the remote control to channel surf but then a neighbor calls and needs help with a project. Your modem was acting up and your cell service went down so you couldn’t get on the internet. You got sick and couldn’t go to the office Christmas party.  Perhaps the delays and inconveniences in life was God making a way so that you didn’t even have to face the temptation. I understand just a little bit better now when the Apostle Paul said to give thanks in every thing for this is God’s will.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) — 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

God is faithful.

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