I Corinthians 10:13
August 19th , 2001
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow your to be tempted beyond what your are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul assures us that God will not put more on us more than we are able to bear. Sometimes what we are called to bear is other’s pressures. They can be devastating, especially if they are pressures relating to our children. We worry and wonder what we can do. The more we think about it the more frustrated we become. Three of our children are in really crisis situations at this writing. How we hurt watching them hurt and how helpless we feel not being able to “fix it”.
God is so good to alleviate the pressure although He doesn’t take it away. He does, however, lighten the load considerably. I am also reminded that the purpose, as far as I am concerned, is a strengthening of my faith (James 1:3-4).
The first thing we should do is go to Him in prayer. There is something about prayer that is very consoling (I John 5:14-15). What a comfort it is to know that our Heavenly Father can “fix it”—far better than we—and He knows the very best way to work things out, so we leave our children in His hands.
So what pressures are you experiencing today? Do they seem more than you can bear? Just remember, “There is no testing that has taken you that is not common to man but – GOD IS FAITHFUL”.
God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways, all our lives through.
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God HAS promised strength for the day,
Rest for the weary, light for the way,
Grace for the trial, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
So, beloved, look at your pressures straight on, and thank God that He has chosen your to undergo this trying time! God Bless.
Love to you all.--Pastor Charles Covington 1933-2006