The Weekend August 16-17
No Trial Is Beyond God’s Ability to Help
Though Scripture is filled with promises from the Lord, we often struggle to accept them as true in our particular situation. But the Father wants us to believe that He’s willing and able to do what He has said.
God has promised that we do not have to give in to the lure of sin. He sets a limit on temptation and provides a way out. Jesus saw the truth of this promise in His desert experience. The Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness, where He was tempted by Satan. Our Savior successfully resisted the Devil’s enticements by recalling who the Father is and what He promised. God limited Christ’s temptation to three challenges. The way out was through Scripture’s powerful truth.
The Lord has also pledged to keep us from stumbling. We live in a world that is full of land mines, which are either hidden from sight or disguised as something good. We do not seek them out. But once triggered, they lead to ungodliness. For example, Peter had a conversation with a servant girl and ended up denying that he knew Jesus (Matt. 26:69-72).
Like the apostle, we sometimes have trouble recognizing a situation’s potential danger, but our Father understands what is involved. He knows just how we should respond.
Whether you face temptation or encounter an unexpected difficulty, the approach needs to be the same. Turn your attention to the Almighty, and keep it there until your mind is filled with the knowledge of Him. Allow the Scriptures to guide your prayers, and stand firm until the promised help comes.
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