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>Immunity or Opportunity?

>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 (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV).

We are not immune. We have aches and pains and succumb to viruses. Christians experience the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, cancer, and pulmonary disorders. Even those who have worked hard to keep their bodies in top physical condition may endure other hardships such as financial ruin, career failures, and even marriage disappointments. No amount of preparedness, prevention, or perseverance will completely shield us from the perils of this world.

The beauty of faith is not the absence of vulnerability but rather the experience of God’s Grace through the ordeals. We naturally ask, why can’t I learn this lesson without the experience? I wonder if maybe we are detoured from our rose-laden pathways in order to help others we meet on those dusty paths. Perhaps our endurance, with God’s leading, through those courses that would cause many to give up will brighten the road for others. Do we seek immunity or opportunity?

What do you think?

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