13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
Recently I started counseling. Better late than never, right? A very good friend recommended a place that happens to be close to my office. It makes it convenient for an after work appointment on nights that I do not have to be home until 8pm.
Last week was my first visit. I was 30 minutes late; not on purpose, but because I wrote the time down wrong. The counselor was very gracious, although I kept apologizing. I’m an “on time” person and it irritates me when I’m late.
Anyway, she already knew a lot of “my story” from an essay-type form I filled out for her online. We talked a little bit about that and then she read the verse above. She pointed out that God not only helps us through our problems, but gives us the strength to STAND.
I’ve read that verse many times before but not in the NLT. The word “stand” caught my attention. I know it’s referring to being able to tolerate or endure, but I also like to think that it’s talking about physically standing through your trials. You don’t just barely make it through, crawling on the floor to get out. You stand firm and walk out with the assurance that you have the Almighty, the King of Kings walking with all his power next to you.
This past weekend was drama-filled, to say the least. I’m not sure why, but it’s as if Satan himself was trying his best to make me give up. I read that verse again last night and realized that God would not let that happen. He has given me the power to stand. Stand in hope. Stand in the assurance that I am treasured and loved beyond what my earthly mind can grasp. Stand in the knowledge that there is someone greater who understands, feels, and knows my every single thought.
I take great comfort in knowing that I am still standing. And more importantly, that I am not standing alone.