The Way Out

1 Corinthians 10:9-13

"God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it." 

Passages about God "testing" us are difficult to comprehend. We immediately wonder why God would cause us suffering or present us with trials. Isn't God supposed to be looking out for us, clearing our way of suffering and obstacles? 

I confess to not feeling a strong grasp of the idea of the kind of divine "testing" that Paul is describing in the passage leading up to the quotation above. However, I do relate to the idea of the strength that God provides us with to endure trials. We have a remarkable ability to "bounce back" from seemingly impossible situations. In the face of unbelievable struggles, we have the ability to make it through, to heal, to recover, and to rebound.

When we're in the midst of trials, it often seems like things will never be the same again, that we'll never see a light at the end of the tunnel. And yet we do. Story after story both in scripture and in the lives of believers finds God using evil for good, taking pain and yielding victory, and transforming sorrow to joy. This is yet more good news for the "dark" seeming season of Lent. Our trials are significant, but the light of Easter is on the horizon.