For years, I isolated myself buried in depression feeling like “my problems” were unique and different than any other person. For hours, alone, I fought to work things out but discovered myself submerged deeper in darkness entangled in lies and deception. My perceptions were that “me, myself, and I” was the only one who could figure things out. Whether you are ensnared in addiction, trapped in an unhealthy relationship, dominated by unresolved bitterness, enslaved to porn, entangled in guilt, or hopeless, you might relate to me. Do you feel your problems are unique?
That is not what God’s Word says. 1 Corinthians 10:13 speaks to this, “No temptation (or testing) has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted (or tested) beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted (or tested), he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Let’s analyze piece by piece what God is telling us here:
- The problems that have “overtaken” us are “common to mankind”. We are not unique. Others can advise, support, and help us…we’re not alone. Hence, a recovery group was essential to me and many others underpinning our walk out of darkness.
- “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted or tested beyond what you can bear.” There is hope! God is faithfully with us always and much bigger than any of our problems.
- “God will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”…such wonderful hope!
Note the testimony and hope of the life of Jesus,” For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Let me assure you, the devil threw everything at Jesus “tempting and testing in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Our problems are not the 1st rodeo for Jesus! Been there and done that!
The Bible gives us the basis of His victorious life on earth, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). Our life must be saturated by the almighty power of God’s word. Hebrews 4:12 describes God’s word, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Psalms 119:11 admonishes us to live our life in obedience to God’s word, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Time to rock n’ roll in your life. This is not His 1st rodeo!