"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it." I Corinthians 10:13
Way of escape - This word is a combination word. In Greek, the prefix ek means "out". Here is it combined with baino which means "to go". Thus, we have "the way to go out". It can also mean the end result or an outcome of some activity. All three of these meanings can be present in this verse. We have seen that God faithfully withholds any temptations that are greater than we are able to handle. Now we see that even in the midst of those temptations (trials and tests), God provides "a way to go out". We are not left abandoned. We are not staring in our own life movie called "No Escape". God has a plan that will lead us out. His plan has an end result and an outcome in mind that will take us through any trial or test. He wants us to be victorious, not defeated. Notice that this way out is not one that we make. It is God who provides it. We didn't come up with the escape path on our own. In fact, any escape plan that we devise is probably not the right one. The last thing we need to overcome trials and tests is self-reliance. What is most wonderful about God is that He teaches us dependence even in those moments when we are most likely to call on our own reserves. God knows we are in the middle of spiritual warfare. The weapons of victory in this war are not the obvious ones. Jesus taught us by example. Victory comes through submission, humility and trust not through fighting, willpower and determination.
God's way of escape is usually found looking up from our knees. Most of the time, it is such a simple pathway that we overlook it entirely. It is just giving our trials and tests back to Him, completely relying on Him to care for us. He is quite anxious to take on that responsibility, but He will never do it until we are ready to let Him.
Have you experienced God's way out of your struggles? If you have not, maybe you're still trying to find the exit door on your own.
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