GOD GIVES a LANDING PLACE
BY: RAY PRINZING
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)
Before we become mis-led into a false idea on God providing “a way of escape.” We had best emphasize the rest of the context, clarified with another translation: “God is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature, and He can be trusted not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will always also provide the way out – the means of escape to a landing place – that you may be capable and strong and powerful patiently to bear up under it.”
Praise the Lord! Not a way out, so as to be free of the situation, but a way made TO A LANDING PLACE, where we might stand solid on the Word of truth, and be able to patiently bear up under it. We are not absolved from carrying the load, but we are brought to a place where we can stand firm, undergirded by the Spirit if truth, supported by the knowledge that God is in control. And by His grace be able to bear it through to a successful conclusion of victory.
This is in harmony with James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (testings, trials).” Thus one scholar gives, “Is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems.” Don’t try to squirm out of it – no escapism, but a process that leads to overcoming, that we might be found to His praise, honor, and glory. “Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it.” (Isa. 30:20)