Trials. A trial has not taken you except what is common to mankind: but God is faithful Who will not permit you to be tested beyond what you are able, and therefore He will then in the test make you to be able to patiently bear the way out. (I Cor. 10:13) While some translations talk about escape or the LORD* providing a way out, this is the literal translation. As much as we would like an escape, most of us know that escape has not been typical of our Christian experience. We all have had seasons that have been uncomfortable or even downright painful, but God has always enabled us to endure the way out. It is a process, a process of maturing in the LORD*, as we learn to stand in faith and pursue the things of God. A trial is a heavenly test that forces a person to choose between God’s will and his own nature or understanding of what is right. By standing in faith we serve as witnesses to the world of His power working through us. God knows how you will respond before the test starts.

Remember And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the chiding of the chil­dren of Israel and because they tempted the LORD* by saying, “Is the LORD* among us or not?” 8. Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Refidim.. (Exod. 17:7,8) Two major things happened here that we need to avoid: first, the people questioned the presence of the LORD*. The second is the coming of Amalek. If you question the presence of the LORD*, you can be sure that Amalek will come on the heels of the question. Remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you came out of Egypt, 18. how he met you on the way and struck those in the rear of you, all that were feeble behind you when you were faint and weary, and he did not revere God. (Deut. 25:17,18) Satan will attack you where you are weakest, and if you cry, “Why are You not here, Lord?” that will invite more trouble: a cycle we all want to avoid.

Keep your faith level high, bearing in mind at all times that ..For He said, “I will not abandon you and I will not ever forsake you,” (Heb. 13:5) In the Greek language repeated use of a negative strengthens the statement, so the author of Hebrews is saying God will not in any way ever, under any circumstances, leave you or forsake you for even a moment. A just God does not impose trials that are beyond the capacity of the individual, 1 Cor. 10:13.

 ..because the wrestling is not with blood and flesh, but with the rulers, with the powers, with the world rulers of the darkness, with the spiritual (powers) of the wickedness in the heavens. (Eph. 6:12) Through every prayer and entreaty, praying in every time in the Spirit, and being alert in Him, by means of every perseverance and entreaty concerning all the saints. (Eph. 6:18) Have I not commanded you? Be strong! Be of good courage! Do not tremble! Do not be dismayed! For the LORD* your God is with you wherever you go. (Jsh. 1:9)

Keep your faith level high. Know that there will be seasons when you are being challenged and stretched. But be absolutely certain that the LORD* your God is with you wherever you go, that He will never abandon you or forsake you. Never, never say “Is God among us or not?” (Exod. 17:7) You can be sure that He is with you and that He will make you to be able to endure, to patiently bear the way out.