Will I Complain or Commit?

Tormented by thirst, they continued to complain… 

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said…”I thirst.” 

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin—So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it—Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

Ex.17:3 NLT; Jn. 19:28 ESV; Heb 4:15 NIV; I Pet.4:19 NIV; I Cor.10:13 NIV; James 1:2-4 NIV; Lk. 11:4 NKJV

Faced with circumstances I would not have chosen, helpless to relieve my discomfort  or to meet my own needs, this is the perfect proving ground for faith.  Will I give vent to frustration and thrash about for an escape complaining all the while?  Or will I commit my way to God, ask Him for the way out and trust that His grace really is enough for me however it comes.  This is the place where His glory shines in light of my weakness and where faith is made strong by resisting temptation’s weight and casting my cares continuously on the Lord.

“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” 

Give us Faith to Be Strong, Andrew Peterson


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