Escape or Rescue?
Which would you prefer: to escape or be rescued from something? There’s a distinct difference between the two. One we basically do on our own, or at least we have a big part in it. The other happens to us as someone swoops in and saves the day. Personally, I’d rather be rescued. But I can see the allure of escaping. The challenge, the planning and executing, then the sense of accomplishment that comes with victory. I guess that’s why escape rooms are so popular.
But what about when it comes to facing temptations. Which would you choose then? I imagine the large majority would rather be pulled from them. We have enough things we need to fight off and maneuver around in our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice if any time we craved something we shouldn’t, God interceded and removed us from it or it from us? Although He can, and sometimes chooses to do that, it’s not a promise.
You might be thinking our Heavenly Father is a rescuer. And you’d be right. In Psalm 91:15 the Almighty says, When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. (ESV) And this is not just an Old Testament concept: the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials (II Peter 2:9 ESV). Yet this is what we’re promised regarding sinful enticements…
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. (I Cor 10:13 ESV)
That verse lets us know how to deal with temptations: flee from them. God promises a way out. We, through the power of His Holy Spirit, must take it.
It was only yesterday at our ladies Bible study that Jesus made clear to me the distinction between escape and rescue in regards to I Corinthians 10:13. It came as someone shared a testimony of how she prayed this verse then asked God to stop her from doing something she was on her way to do. He didn’t and at the time, she felt He had failed her.
When you’re facing temptation, don’t wait to be whisked away. Run through the exit God promises to provide.
Just something I’m continuing to ponder along the way.