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 – Paul the Apostle (1 Corinthians 10:13
There’s a new song I’ve come to love called “Pieces.” It was originally performed by Amanda Cook and also on the most recent album from Bethel Music’s Album “Have It All (Live).” The chorus of the song, that I hear on repeat over and over throughout my day, simply says:
You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us
I think God gets blamed for a lot in the world. Sometimes I’m the one pointing the finger,
“Why did you let this happen?”
“Why did you let me do that?”
“Why didn’t you stop me?”
“Where were you?”
If He is all powerful, and can do anything, doesn’t it make sense that He would intervene in my life to keep me from making wrong turns, mistakes, stumbling into sin? That line of thinking could get really frustrating, really fast, because it would lead to me to believe that God is playing with my life, teasing me, to see if I’m going to naturally make right choices or stumble into the wrong ones.
I am fully convinced that God is no Teaser, but a Father, who wants me to come to Him. . .
. . . to ask for His help.
. . . . after I have in fact gone down a dead end.
. . . . when I’ve made a mess of everything and need someone with bigger hands, bigger head, bigger heart to help me fix it all.
Paul says, we ALL face temptations, struggles, and challenges in life. But God is faithful. He’s always close by, saying, “I’m here, I can help you if you really want me to.” That’s His way out. Problem is, I don’t always look to Him first. Often I just go full steam ahead down my own path, and then turn around wondering where He went.
Remember today, God isn’t hiding, He’s not teasing you. He’s right beside you wanting you to call on Him for help, He is your way out – so you can endure!