When pain pulls down the window shade Through which our hope might see What if joy might be the bridge on which We must cross to be free? Till God in grace bends down to lift Our earthbound looking eyes And, we can see the mountain peaks Over which His wings can fly So, no hiding in the corner or Sailing far across the seas Don’t miss the path of joy by which Our faith in laughter leads! 1 Corinthians 10:13b God is faithful and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it. What if Joy? by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2021 all rights reserved
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13b ESV
Temptation is a bit like the telephone solicitor who begins the call by exclaiming, “Don’t hang up! I’m not trying to sell you anything!” It doesn’t seem to faze them how many times we say, “no thank you,” or “I’m really not interested.” They are determined to sell us something that we don’t want, don’t need and can’t afford. Jesus warned us that in this world we would face all kinds of temptation solicitors.” So, the question is not whether temptation has our number, but rather, what we should do when it calls.
Today’s verse says, that when we are tempted, God will give us a way of escape. Escaping, conjures up in my mind a picture of flinging open the door and running away as fast as I can. But what God really wants from us is not a fearful footrace, but a cheerful acceptance. God has something far grander in mind than learning to grin and bear it. Jesus tells us to have joy because He has already overcome the problems we are in even before we face them.
“But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 b
So, I asked myself this morning. “What if – instead of complaining- what if joy was God’s plan of escape? What if, “For the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross?” What if I celebrated, when I was mistreated? What if I praised instead of complained? What might happen if I chose joy and found, God’s amazing and mysterious way of escape? What if joy is the stream in the desert and a waterfall of life that flows by the path of faith God chose for me today?
When it feels like our world is changing and spinning out of control it is normal to feel stress. If you didn’t feel something then someone needs to check if you’ve got a pulse! Jesus knew we would go through times like this and in fact Jesus Himself was facing pressure and the disciples were confused and wondering what the next day would hold. But even as Judas was on his way to betray him and He knew that Peter was soon to deny Him Jesus said; “Don’t let your hearts be troubled: You believe in God. Believe also in Me!” John 14:1 This week’s video is for everyone like me who could use more than a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. We need the joy of the Lord to make it through!