From or Through

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (All day)

How does God help us in trials?


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[Steve Myers] Seems like being human can bring difficulties and challenges to our life just by living every single day. And sometimes I think we have an expectation that God wouldn't allow us to go through certain difficulties or challenges or struggles. And yet, the Bible is pretty clear – it talks about, we enter the kingdom by going through many tribulations, many difficulties, many challenges in life.

So what should our perspective be when it comes to some of the trials that we go through?

There's an interesting passage that's over in 1 Corinthians. And in this section of scripture, it tells us a little bit about God's perspective. And I think it's one thing that maybe, when we're wondering what God is doing, it could help kind of give us the perspective that He has. It says in verse 13, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man." Being human brings certain challenges. It says, "God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able." And so oftentimes we'll stop right there and we'll say, "Well, why is this such a difficult trial for me? Because it says God's not going to try me more than I'm able." So, you read on, it says, "With the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians:10:13).

So oftentimes we may consider this, and we'll pray that God would remove a difficulty or a challenge or a trial, a struggle, and yet oftentimes He doesn't. So does that cause us then to lose faith? Well, it shouldn't. Maybe part of the prayer should be what this passage is also pointing to – because there's no doubt time's when He will remove a challenge, He will fix an issue, He will help us to get around that difficulty. But this also points to the fact that He makes us able to bear it. Which doesn't seem to mean He just removes the difficulty. Instead, He helps us through it.

And so maybe that should be our perspective at times, when we're going through challenges – to ask God to give us the strength to bear it. Because sometimes He will save us from our trials, and other times He will help us through our trials. Either way, we do have the assurance that God's not going to leave us, He's not going to forsake us because this same passage reminds us God is faithful, and He will help in our time of need.

That's BT Daily . We'll see you next time.


hoopty

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I believe this is one of the most miss quoted verses. Temptations and trials are different. God provides an escape for all temptations as you quoted in I Cor. 10:13. He does not want us to escape trials. They are His refining fire to make us look more like Him. For trials, He says, "we can do all things through Him who gives us strength."

II Corinthians 1:8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

Please be careful when you are trying to console someone who is suffering a tragedy not to quote that scripture to them. It is talking about temptation and it will bring no comfort or peace. Please, quote "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

I hear people saying, God won't put on you any more than you can bear. Show me that scripture. It is not biblical. My prayer would be make me weak so I do not have to bear the loss of a child. No peace in knowing only the strong have to bear the really tragic things in life.




Malachi 3_16-18

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Hi Hoopty,

At times the same original Greek word is translated in English either as trial or temptation. e.g. the New King James renders the Authorized Version’s “temptations” in Jas 1:2 as “trials”.

Temptations & trials differ but are closely related. God tests/tries (Jas 1:3) but won’t tempt us (Jas 1:13). Satan tempts, which God allows but limits (1 Thes:3:5; Job:1:9-12).

We have to undergo both. Jesus was tempted in all points (Heb:4:15) so He would overcome sin, understand our sufferings, & thus intercede for us (Heb:7:25). Temptations, while not from God, are part of the testing He allows, so He’ll know our heart, & whether we’ll obey Him (Deut 8:2). He does provide a way of escape – 1 Cor:10:13 says no temptation will overcome us, not that we won’t be tempted or succumb to it. We succumb whenever we sin (Jas 1:14-15). So we need God’s help.

I Cor 10:13 does say He won’t give us more than we can bear. The “way of escape” may be the suffering being cut short, or aid all through. No temptations are longer than this life. We see afterward how our trials & temptations have taught us vital lessons. God will give us all the help we need if we ask, obey, & trust.




Lena VanAusdle

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@Hoopty
As this video points out, it isn't through our own strength that we endure trials or temptations. It is through God's strength. He gets us through the trial. He'll make it so we have the strength to endure regardless of who we are. That is what the verse you're quoting says, "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." This verse (1 Corinthians:10:13) is basically saying the same thing! I'll briefly quote from the above video, "So oftentimes we may consider this, and we'll pray that God would remove a difficulty or a challenge or a trial, a struggle, and yet oftentimes He doesn't. So does that cause us then to lose faith? Well, it shouldn't. Maybe part of the prayer should be what this passage is also pointing to – because there's no doubt time's when He will remove a challenge, He will fix an issue, He will help us to get around that difficulty. But this also points to the fact that He makes us able to bear it. Which doesn't seem to mean He just removes the difficulty. Instead, He helps us through it."



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