It’s always easy to blame someone else or outside forces for our actions. We hear people all the time who tell us, “My father never said a kind word to me.”, or “My cousin abused me.”, or “I never had money when I was growing up.” Those statements probably true and they may explain why we suffer. Those are terrible situations, and it’s sad that people should have to go through such pain in their lives. Yet we don’t have the right to blame other people or circumstances for ourselves for our behavior. We can’t use them as an excuse to stay on this behavior or to take an escape route in dealing this kind of situation.
No temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is no temptation or trial is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear].But 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 to bear up under it patiently.
Christ set us free! Paul makes it clear that all of us have our own set of temptations, and for each of us, the circumstances may be different. But the promise of God gives us the certainty to escape, regardless of our circumstances. The escape is provided, but we must use it. Let’s imagine the scenario that I have read in a book as an example:
“On the morning news, the reporter showed a restaurant that had caught on fire. One woman stood within sight of back exit but she didn’t move. She stood twenty feet away and screamed. A co-worker rushed back inside and grabbed her. She fought him, but he finally managed to drag her out.”
Isn’t that sometimes how it works with God’s people? We know the way of escape, but we seem paralyzed. Or we blame someone or something for our inability to move. Or we think, “Here we go again. I know I should learn how to deal with these situations, but I’ll give in just as I’ve always given in. I’m too weak to deal with this right now.”
Our weakness is one of our greatest excuses. We may be weak but God is strong, and He is willing to be our strength. If we will trust Him and take the necessary steps of faith, He will help us break free from this bondage. We need to keep reminding ourselves that we serve a victorious God! We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, shifting blame when we give in to the temptation, and ignoring situations. We don’t need to live in fear, always feeling that our problems are too much for us to handle. We must have a “CAN-DO ATTITUDE” because believe the promise of God that declares He is faithful and will always deliver us in plenty of time.
God never abandons us or leaves us helpless. We can be like the woman who screamed but wouldn’t move or we can choose to say, “Look! There’s the door to escape! Thanks for providing it!” If we keep our mind turned toward Jesus, and if we listen to His voice, we know there is an escape route for us – always!