1 Corinthians 10:13 “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.”
Sitting on an airplane the flight attendant informed my wife and I that we were seated in an exit row. According to Federal regulations she was required to get verbal consent from us that we would help in the unlikely case of an emergency landing. In an emergency people would be looking for an exit and because of our position in the exit row we would have to help them. We always say “yes” just to get the flight attendant out our hair but what if there was an emergency? Who would help these people escape? (I would)
In life we all find ourselves from time to time in a place where we have a crisis. We are in situations where we desperately need a way out. God has strategically placed exit signs throughout the cabins of our lives and some of them were behind you.
How many times have we overlooked our chance to exit because we ignored the signs?
- God will never put us in a position that we cannot handle. The flight attendant will ask those in an emergency row if they are comfortable with their seating arrangement. The Holy Spirit will always ask us if we are comfortable before the flight takes off. The Holy Spirit will give you an invitation to move if a temptation should arise. We can’t lie to the Holy Spirit when he’s giving us a chance to move.
- God will give you instructions on how to escape. There is an escape plan in the seat on the exit row. If you choose to sit in the exit row you should familiarize yourself with the exit plan. Reading God’s word provides you with an exit strategy in the case of situational emergencies. Take sex for example. The bible says we should flee from sexual immorality. It’s the only temptation that God says, “Run! Don’t walk to the nearest exit!”
- God will always provide a way of escape so that you can endure. God embeds escape hatches in our lives in the form of accountability partners, divine intervention, hunches, and just plain ole common sense. God whispers our escape plan in our pleasure and screams it in our pain.
Today, look around you. Take notice of your escape routes. Your nearest one might be closer than you think. In the actual case of an emergency will you be willing to assist the Holy Spirit to get you out of danger?
Thank you for making a way for me to escape what could have destroyed me. You continue to make a way out of no way. Today I’m going to pay close attention to my exit signs just in case it’s time to leave a life-threatening situation. Lord, show me the way!
In Jesus Name,
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