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1 Corinthians 10:1-13, On Being Tested

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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 Cor. 10:13

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I’m not certain God deliberately makes the effort to set challenges in front of us to test us. But I am certain that we will experience things in our lives that will test our faith.

Daily, people struggle not only to make ends meet, but to find not only a purpose and meaning for life, but also a way to alleviate life’s inevitable suffering. I know that there have been challenges I have had to overcome in the past.

Today’s devotional scripture does provide us some comfort, knowing that we will never be tested beyond anything that God can also provide for us. It’s easy to write light and fluffy platitudes, especially that many of us have never had to experience the horrors people throughout history have gone through. For one example, you only have to look at the Holocaust.

Were these people “tested” by God? No. I don’t believe so. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t believe a loving God would intentionally make people go through such horrors.

So, I’m conflicted. But I know that struggles will always be accompanied by an equally loving God. And that, at least, provides me some comfort.

What about you? Do you believe that God will never test you beyond also offering us a way out so that you can endure?

 

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