When Life Becomes Unbearable – Part 3

In I Corinthians 10, verse 13, we read this dogmatic statement: “There has no temptation (or trial) taken you (or, overtaken you), but such as is common to man (many others have faced and conquered what you now face), but God is faithful, who will not suffer (or allow) you to be tempted above that (which) you are able (to bear), but will with the temptation (at that same exact moment in time) also make a (God-made) way of escape (hence, a perfect escape route), that you may be able to bear (any trial, any temptation, any problem of life).”  Please note that all words or statements contained in parentheses are comments added by the author hopefully to make clearer what is being said in some scripture.
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Other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest sufferer in all the Bible was a man called Job.  Job’s sufferings are proverbial.  In the 10th verse of Job 23, Job cried out, “He knows the way that I take…”  There is not a sparrow that falls to the ground without our heavenly Father taking note of the same.  (See Matthew 10:29).  And, of course, some cynic might add, ‘Yes, but it falls to the ground nonetheless.”  But the Holy Spirit left the scenario incomplete.  Perhaps the tiny sparrow fell into some soft grass where the mother sparrow immediately went to its rescue.  But whatever the completed scenario might have been, the passage is actually directed toward God’s interest and care for human beings, not sparrows.  The next two verses read: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (verses 30-31).
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Some years ago the Holy Spirit opened to my mind the profound truth that Jesus uttered when He said, “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  Look at your comb, or hairbrush, or pillow.  The hairs of your head are continuously changing in number from one moment to the next.  When Jesus said “the very hairs of your head are all numbered,” He was actually saying God’s attention on us is continuous, undeviating, unwavering.  Satan would have the would-be suicide think, “God doesn’t care about me.”  Yet scripture states quite clearly that “God is not willing that ANY should perish” (See 2 Peter 3:9).
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I have heard many a preacher say, “If you had been the only human on earth that needed saving, Jesus Christ would have still come to earth and died for you.”  In that assessment they are right.  You alone and all by yourself are intensely loved by God and valuable to His kingdom plans.
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Barry Manilow wrote a song he entitled “One Voice” and, in the lyrics of that song, he speaks of “one voice singing in the darkness.”  Troubled one, will you not listen to that one voice softly speaking, even singing, in your darkness.  That voice is the voice of your Creator, if you will but listen.  And that voice cries out in your anguish, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”  Turn a deaf ear to any and all voices that speak to the contrary.  God loves you and assures you – it’s a promise – “You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (See Jeremiah 29:13).  Seek the Lord and find Him for He is not far from every one of us.  (See Acts 17:22-31).
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Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

 

 

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