March 22

1 Corinthians 10:6-13

“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.” vs. 13

Paul was a strong advocate of the gospel of grace and he knew that our salvation was not dependent on our own good deeds. But he also knew that we humans have an infinite capacity to thoroughly screw up our lives and cause enormous damage to ourselves and to others. For that reason he regularly reminds his readers of what the scriptures had to say about the dangers and consequences of careless living. And then he provides a word of hope! By the power of God within us we can overcome every temptation and every test! Whatever pressures we’re facing…well, others have faced them too. And there is no addiction, no calamity, that can hold us captive or destroy us. As is said in 12 step groups, we have a Higher Power, and that Power enables us to surmount and endure any obstacle that might come our way. All of us have observed this in real time. Think of the inspiring stories that come our way via social media, stories of perseverance and victory in the presence of unbelievable difficulties. Not only are such tales an inspiration, they point to the active power of our God in the lives of ordinary people.

Thought for the Day: What tests or challenges am I facing these days?

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