Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:1-33
Observation: Paul reminds the Corinthians that even though the Israelites were God’s chosen people, they still suffered from their own disobedience. He reminds them that though they will be tempted, God will never allow those temptations to destroy or overpower them. He finishes by addressing whether or not it’s okay to eat food sacrificed from idols.
Application: Let’s all commiserate together and count the number of times so far today that we’ve been ready to give up and throw in the towel. Here's where I'm at: spilling coffee grounds everywhere (strike 1). Discovering my dog upstairs on the bed surrounded by every single tissue he could pull out of the box (strike 2). Trying to find something decent to wear while being five months pregnant and refusing to spend money on maternity clothes (strike 3 – I am SO OUT.) It’s 8:30 a.m. Lord, help me.
Normally, I’m a pretty resilient person, ready to take what life throws at me. But some days, I’m just ready to call it a day by 8:30 and crawl back into bed forever. Ya feel me?!
Thankfully, a few coffee grounds, puppy messes, and wardrobe issues aren’t enough to keep me down. (A big shoutout to Bounty paper towels and maxi dresses for helping me make it through today.)
But sometimes, our problems are a lot bigger than everyday spills and messes, aren’t they? We’re tempted to give up or give as we watch friendships fade, marriages crumble, jobs disappear, and relationships wither. We know God makes all things work together for our good, but sometimes the pieces are everywhere and nothing seems to fit. We’re left defeated and discouraged.
And we still have the power to endure.
“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.” (verse 13)
He will make a way. God is faithful. He’s faithful! When others hurt us, destroy us, gossip about it, do everything they can to break us, he is faithful. Through it all, he is faithful.
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” – Psalm 16:8
Let’s hold onto those words today. The Lord is with you – he helped you through the last challenge you faced and he’s already working on making a way to help you through the next one. He will never give us more than we can handle. And if it feels like he has, it’s time to look around and see who and what he’s given you to overcome. When he lives in you…
…you will not be defeated.
…you will not be destroyed.
…you will not be hopeless or alone or left in despair.
You’re an overcomer, my friend.
Prayer: Thank you so much for your faithfulness, God. We praise you that you’ll never give us more than we can handle, even when it feels like everything is against us. I pray you’ll encourage and equip us today to handle our toughest challenges. Amen.