“Nothing that happens to you is new; others have faced the same thing and survived: but God is faithful, and since He knows you more than you know yourself, whatever He allows is what He knows you can overcome; and you know what? He even makes a way out for you and walks you through the situation, no matter how bad it is” I Corinthians 10:13.
The scripture above is highlighted in all my Bibles. If I borrowed yours to read, I am sure I would probably mark it before realizing the Bible was not mine. The reason is simple: it ministers a lot to me. I have had to fall back on it every time I face temptations and trials which are, as always, daunting. It has a way of allaying my fears, soothing my pains and restoring hope. As you join me to take another look at it, I pray it does the same for you.
As you know, that is not the King James Version. It is not the Amplified Bible Translation either. It is my personal rendition of that verse, the way it makes meaning to me. So, let’s call it the DENNIS INYANG EVERYDAY TRANSLATION (DIET).
DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES
The King James Version begins the verse thus: “There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man”. The word “temptation” can be translated as trial, test, challenge, difficulty or adversity. We can, therefore, reason that every negative development in your life constitutes a trial of faith and a test. It could be the untimely death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a frightening medical report, crisis in marriage or business, and any situation that runs contrary to your well-being and happiness. Faced with such, many are tempted to do the wrong things or speak the things that undermine their confidence in God.
No matter how you feel, I am certain that you will successfully go through any bad phase of your life. How do I know? Simple: because others have gone through it before. It is painful but not unique; stressful, embarrassing and frightening but common. If anyone has ever survived it, you will. You will make it!
When you run into a storm in any area of your life, Satan usually canvasses three things: firstly, that nobody has ever been through your situation; secondly, that God has forsaken you; thirdly, that there is no way out for you. They are all lies; please don’t believe any of them.
GOD IS FAITHFUL
The best time to fall back on the promises of God is in your midnight hour. It is the time to pick up your Bible and meditate on those favourite passages highlighting the promises of God. You will be reminded of what God has said as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. It is also important to remain in an environment where the Word of God will saturate your mind and build up your faith. Because God is ever faithful to His Word.
God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” so, no matter how things are right now, He is right there with you. You may not see Him, you may not feel Him but He is there. Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always…!” And He is. God cannot lie! When you know this truth, you can turn to Him when everything seems to fall apart.
Apostle Paul teaches in our text that because God is faithful, He reduces every temptation, trial or adversity to the size of your ability. Awesome! That is like an examiner asking you questions he knows you cannot fail. So beloved, God will not allow any problem you cannot victoriously handle to come to you. If what you are facing seems more than you can bear, it could only mean that you don’t know yourself and your true ability. You are stronger than you think.
There is no doubt that God will give you victory in every situation. But while He is still on your case, He gives you the grace to bear the pain, the stress, the suffering and to overcome them all. That suffering is only for a little while, for a moment. Soon, God will perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. Your tears of today will give way to songs of joy. You may not know how, but God will make a way. He is still faithful.
Article written by Dr. Dennis Inyang (firstname.lastname@example.org)