Although you may not know or recognize it, everyone has their own kryptonite. This weakness makes human beings limited, powerless or at best, vulnerable to attacks from the enemy. For me, I can be directionally challenged, regularly losing my way. Stubbornness only worsens my condition, trusting in myself instead of leaning on outside sources like modern technology. Unfortunately, some people never make the necessary changes, unable to find their way out of addiction, bad habits or poor choices.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.
The author of the book of 1 Corinthians uses history as a way of understanding the past. As the apostle Paul reflects upon the foundation of Israel as a nation, most died before ever seeing God’s promise fulfilled. Whether ignorance, selfishness or a lack of vision was to blame, the majority did not please God. Instead of appreciating manna from heaven, greed led souls to demand more. God was treated like a grocery clerk at a check out line, praying for this or that without any regard for developing an intimate relationship. Thus, the wilderness serves as a remainder of what not to do.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it, 1 Corinthians 10:11-13.
What I fail to comprehend about the nature of God is that the Lord uses wilderness phases in life to prepare us for what’s next. If you don’t adapt, learn or mature during these trials, you won’t be ready to succeed in the future. While guarding angels are working behind the scenes to usher in the good things God has planned for us, Philippians 1:6, I often get in the way. Impatience wants me to quickly skip ahead to the next journey in life before overcoming present obstacles. Thus, it’s sad to say that I can’t find my way out, leaving me stuck living in the wilderness of broken dreams. Perhaps, 1 Corinthians 10:13 contains the key, the missing link to take those living in defeat toward the door of victory. May you endure this present life long enough so that the way out is revealed to you through whispers of the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus