Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, June 8

Bible: “Using God’s Prepared Way to Escape Temptation” by grego

Bible: Using God’s Prepared Way to Escape Temptation

grego
(c) 2010

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It’s interesting that Paul says *God* prepares a way to escape temptations—not that there will be a way, or that we need to find our own way.

It’s times when we need deliverance—be it from physical or as here, spiritual forces, bent on hurting/ destroying us—that we need to turn to God and carefully listen.

It is possible that the “obvious” way is the way; it’s also very possible that God has another way, that we would never have thought of, to save us. The Bible and the Book of Mormon have many examples of both ways—plans of men that save, and plans that only God could conceive of and carry out.

I know of too many people who pray for help and/ or rescue, but refuse when it comes—because the help isn’t in accord with *their* way of escape.

Like the man in the story who drowned in the flood because he knew God would send him a miracle to save him and thus refused the boats and helicopter God sent, they just don’t understand why God won’t help them, why He doesn’t love them, why…

I know people dying of cancer, using up a lifetime of hard-earned savings in a few weeks just trying to buy a day or two, praying and praying… “Have they tried anything else–any type of alternative medicine?” “No, my doctor says not to.

I know people whose marriages are falling apart, who keep praying and praying for an answer… “Have you tried energy work?” “Oh no, that’s from the devil.”

I know people struggling with money and happiness, and keep praying and praying… “Have you thought about switching work?” “Oh no, I can’t do that right now, there’s a recession.”

Folks, open your hearts and open your eyes!!

Remember, “…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

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