“No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB
I fell in love with God a little bit more yesterday. He showed me that He truly does give you a way out, and that through Him you really can do all things. If I haven’t told you before, I have anger issues. It is something I have struggled with me entire life; I’m sure I will continue to struggle with until the day I die. I have learned many techniques for dealing with this over the years, but there are things that can take me from zero to the name for a female dog faster than anything.
One of those things is when someone hurts my husband. You do not want to hurt the people I love or the Beth I hope you never meet, comes out. I’m Mama Bear on steroids when it comes to my man.
Yesterday morning, as I sat down in my prayer closet to write, my husband was hurt deeply by a phone call he was on at that time. He yelled upstairs to tell me and my anger flared. I could not focus on God, I was so mad I couldn’t see straight. Probably a good thing I was in the prayer closet when I received the news because here is what I did. I immediately dropped to my knees and I said these very words:
“Lord, I am very angry. Please keep me from sinning in my anger.”
That was it, I got up and went into battle. Now this is a very delicate situation. My marriage was under attack, and it was a big one. I knew that it was a pivotal moment in our marriage that needed to be handled well. I knew I needed back up. I called in my prayer warriors, told them what was happening. I told them I was so angry I could not pray and I needed them to do it for me. I told them my main goal was not to sin in my anger.
And I am happy to say, I did not sin in my anger. The Lord provided a way out. The situation was resolved by 5:00 p.m. I’m sure I sinned some other way, because we all know I’m no saint. But I did not sin in my anger yesterday. My marriage, as a result is stronger at this moment than it was 24 hours ago. We went through a storm, but the Lord drove the ship and the glory goes all to Him.
Whatever struggle you’re facing, whatever stronghold you’re trying to overcome, there is only one way you can do it: with God. Do what I did, drop to your knees and ask Him for what you need. Call in your prayer warriors to cover you in prayer, then go get ‘em. He won’t let you down. He’s got your back, He’ll provide a way out.