"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear."
(1 CORINTHIANS 10:13)
Physical fitness programs are popular these days (and especially when the New Year rolls around!). We spend much time and money for our rigorous training regimes. Does the same attitude prevail toward training in spiritual fitness? Probably not, though our spiritual condition will take us into eternity.
A qualified trainer is an asset to a person trying to “get in shape.” For our spiritual fitness, nothing could surpass having the precious Holy Spirit alongside. He doesn’t find fault. He shows the best way to tackle each challenge. He knows what we are capable of. And even when it seems the struggle will not end, the Holy Spirit will always provide a way out so that we can stand up under the trial (v. 13b). Our trials and temptations will not outlast the faithfulness and compassion of Jesus.
For now, James’ instruction to “consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials” may be a stretch. But even when our stamina fades and we feel like giving up, we know that our loving Savior is faithful.
"BUT THANKS BE TO GOD!
HE GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR
LORD JESUS CHRIST."
(1 CORINTHIANS 15:57)