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Tuesday, March 16

Contributed by Janet Taylor

1 Corinthians 10:6-13

“And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
endure it.”


There’s a special kind of dis-ease we easily fall prey to in our North American
affluence: terminal uniqueness. Societal and media messages encourage this;
we are barraged with the message that there is nobody else who has ever
had the same experiences, emotions and temptations that we have. Each of
us is so special and unique that nobody else could possibly understand our
experiences.
Paul pushes against that attitude and reminds us that when we experience
any trial or test or temptation, others have navigated through these challenges
before us. And their triumph over the obstacles of life stands as a testimony to
us that it is possible, through God’s gracious provision, to succeed rather than
surrender, to press on rather than retreat. When we trust that God is always
present with us no matter our circumstances, we can see that we are provided
the means to overcome our challenges.
The ultimate example of this is our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Stripped of the
support of friends, abused and tortured, Jesus endured circumstances which
could easily have been more than any human could bear. But God provided
Jesus with a way through the worst of experiences, death on a cross, to claim
victory. We, too, are invited to be “more than conquerors.”

Grant me faith and trust that you, Lord Jesus, are with me and guide me even
in the most difficult of circumstances. Amen.

Janet Taylor is the presiding Minister of Word and Sacraments at Braeside Presbyterian
Church in St. Albert, Alberta, and is pursuing her Doctor of Ministry focusing on the intersection
of membership in the PCC and the global audience afforded by the world wide web.