January 18, 2017 Endurance, and the Source of Strength-  1 Corinthians 10:13

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. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV) 

Many of us have thought to ourselves, “that person is so strong.” When we see people go through adversities we can’t even imagine enduring, and somehow they come through it seemingly stronger, sometimes we shake our heads and wonder.  

All of us have witnessed people endure horrible losses, illnesses and trials. Many of us have endured our own losses, illnesses and trials as well. 

The only good news in those things is that our strength to endure them is not in what we see to be our own finite resources but in the infinite strength and provision of God.

I remember a saying that my sister held on to in a particularly tragic time of loss: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”

What trials are we going through?  Have faith that God will bring us through them.

2 thoughts on “January 18, 2017 Endurance, and the Source of Strength-  1 Corinthians 10:13

  1. I am encouraged when I see people go through difficult times and find strength to carry through. I like your sister’s quote. For St Paul in 1st Corinthians, “testing” often means “something/someone trying to make you give up faith.” Does it change how you deal with “testing” when you realize that it’s goal is to have you give up on trusting God?

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  2. I often wonder that too. If we look at trials as ways the adversary uses to try to steal our faith and crush our trust in God, then we can see them as obstacles God will help us overcome. The entire book of Job deals with the issue of tragedy, loss and trusting God through it. We can have confidence that He heals and restores us. Ultimately He has the final say.

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