I’ve been reading through 1 Corinthians, and have been thinking about chapter 10: 12-13,
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
I’ve read this who knows how many times in my life, but this time the phrase “way of escape” jumped out at me, and I realized that this is not only such an encouragement to me, but also for my children. When I’m encouraging them to choose the right path when they are tempted to get angry, when they are fighting with each other or arguing with me, pointing them to “look for the way of escape” might be a wonderful way to instruct them.
So we discussed this verse this morning and rehearsed ways to find the way of escape in different situations (including a little play performed by Julia); some of the escape routes involve coming to mom for help, and some of them involve choosing to serve and love your brother instead of slamming the door in his face. In any case, just being reminded that God always, without fail, gives us a way of escape…and sometimes our sin blinds us from it in the heat of the moment, but if we take a step back and look for the way of escape, it is there, and there is always another way.
I’m going to try this encouragement with my children, and also with myself when I’m tempted to be rude or sarcastic or to complain. We’ll see how it goes…