August 7th, 2019

Unbearable Trials?

From Today’s Epistle:
1 Corinthians 10:13  “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. But will, with the temptation, also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
The word “temptation” here, in the original Greek is πειρασμός (peirasmos). It means a trial, or a test. We all encounter tests and trials throughout our lives, don’t we? Some are mild, but others are strong, even crushing. God allows the testing of our faith in order to strengthen it. An unexercised muscle eventually atrophies due to lack of “testing.” However, it is important to note that God does not DO bad things to us in order promote our growth. God is not the author of evil. In Deuteronomy we read, “His works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4). The holy apostle James wrote: “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’ for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone” (James 1:13). But this fallen world is full of temptations, full of trials, full of disappointments, and full of choices. “God is faithful” means that He has promised to help us, supplying all the grace that we need in order to endure the tests that life sends our way. St John Chrysostom says:
“There are temptations which we are not able to bear. And which ones are these? All of them, you might say. For the ability to overcome them lies in God's gracious influence; a power which we draw down to ourselves by our own will. Wherefore that you may know and see that not only those which exceed our power, but not even these which are common to man is it possible without assistance from God easily to bear, he added, ‘But (God) will, with the temptation, also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
In other words, upon those who have faith, tried and tested faith, and whose trust in God’s providence is well established, the grace of the Holy Spirit will continually be poured out and provide all the power, consolation, and peace of soul they need to overcome.