Journal Entry ~ 04/19/19

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. 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 10:13, ESV).

Our God will provide a way of escape when we are walking through trials. The problem is we often miss the way of escape, and so our trials continue. We can be so wrapped up in *our* plan of escape - the way we see He should rescue us, that we don't see His plan of escape. The way of escape is most often not to make the problem or problems go away - yet that's what we pray when we're struggling. He wants us to walk through the struggle, with Him by our side to show us His sovereignty. He will allow you to walk through your greatest fears to show you His faithfulness and His glory. 

I can't tell you how often my desperate prayer while walking through the trials with my sons was for Him to just heal them. That wasn't happening, so I thought I just wasn't praying hard enough, or I wasn’t doing something right. I was ready to give up because I was looking for God to bring about *my* way of escape, but He just wasn’t providing it. 

The way of escape that God wants to provide is for you to find freedom from the thoughts that trap you - the fears and the anxieties that mount up because we imagine a future that doesn't exist yet, and He does that *by growing our trust in Him*.  When we lay down our plan, and we trust His, when we open our hearts and allow God to reveal the blind spots, we find the way of escape. 

God has one purpose for our trials - you are walking through these difficult times for one reason alone - and that is for Him to refine you. He wants to continue to grow you to be more and more like Him, but He can't do that when there is fear in your heart. One of the ways of escape He offers comes when you open your heart and allow Him to reveal that sin to you. Trust Him and let Him show you what He's trying to show you, and you will find an end to your trials. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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