It is not God and Yet it is God.
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.- 1 Corinthians 10:13
If there is no test, there is no testimony. God did not promise us a life free of challenges; there is bound to be troubles and challenges as we journey through life. Though we all hate troubles, we do all we can to avoid troubles, but one way or the other, troubles have made all of us; it has made us better persons; for there is no champion that has never encountered trouble at a time in life. If there is no trouble in your life, it is probably because you have chosen a path that ends nowhere: a closed path. However, if you are going through the path God marks out for you, the devil will bid high on you and you will face obstacles. These obstacles are not caused by God, but they are allowed by Heaven to mature you and establish your triumph.
The Lord gave us faith as a gift at our new birth so that we will be able to soar above the circumstances of life and this faith keeps growing by the hearing of God's word. The Word is the food to our human spirit. It is apparent that the potential of faith comes by hearing, but great faith comes by going through the road that God has planned for us. As no one develops muscles by reading books on physical exercise, so no one has a mountain-moving faith without going through some unpleasant circumstances. The heroes of faith are men and women of great challenges. Life may not be fair, but God is just. The obstacles, weights and pressures of life will only make your faith muscles to grow. Your victory over these obstacles will invariably mature you in wisdom and build your spiritual experience.
For example, there is no sane person that would board a cab to travel with a learner tag attached to it, just because the fare is cheap. Even if you were ignorant of the learner tag on the cab initially, your eventual awareness would make you opt for another cab, no matter how cheap the previous fare might be; because you know your life is not secure in it. We all agree that experience is good, but experience only comes from what we go through. Experience is not what we claim; it is earned. It is by going through the process of life that we have experience. Life is not cheap; nothing good falls on us like a mango fruit. There are troubles and trials in life, but there is always a way out. God will not allow you to go through a room that has no exit door. In whatever you encounter, God has already made an escape for you. God will not allow anything to happen to you that you cannot handle.
Prayer: May the Lord be praised forever who in Christ Jesus made provision for divine escape from all trials and tests of life.
Further Reading: I Corinthians 16:8-10; James 1:2-4
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Daniel 1:1-2:23; 1 Peter 3:8-4:6; Psalm 119:65-80; Proverbs 28:14