1 Peter 4:12
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
Simon Peter knew that, more dangerous than the trial itself, was the isolation it would attempt. It’s one thing to be attacked, it’s another to feel as if, the attack is unique to you. If you feel that no one else has experienced it, then it is far more frightening.
He had walked a lonely road, denying Jesus, and weeping bitter tears. Jesus not only warned him, He pointed out that the others would scatter also. Jesus said “I have prayed for thee … When thou art converted, strengthen the brethren.”
God was assuring him that he would both go in, and come out of their trial victorious. It is this same Apostle who would go on to say that God is no respecter of persons. What He did for one, He would do for all.
The subject was so important that Paul also addressed it. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, he states that what we are facing, others have also, and they have overcome. There is an escape from your trial, and God is faithful to empower us to win this battle.
The road of trials and temptations isn’t a new one. It may be repaved, but it’s the same valley David walked through. Moses crossed it, and so did Samuel. Your guide isn’t merely a King or a Prophet, your traveling companion is Christ, and He has walked this way before.
He knows every dip in the road, but what’s more, He knows the vehicle. He knows the weight limit of your shoulders, the strength of your nerves, and the capacity of your endurance. Jesus will never send a compact car to do the job of an eighteen wheeler.
Wherever you are, you will make it out of it. However big the ugly threat blocking your way, it will fall. That place of confusion you are in, direction will arrive in time. How do I know?
Your Guide fought and won at Calvary’s bloody crest. He hasn’t sheathed His sword, nor rested His eyes. He is a Faithful Partner in your journey through this world. As long as He walks beside us, everything we face, is common next to an Uncommon God!
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.