No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
In April 1941, inmates at the Angler POW Camp, near Neys Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Superior, designed to hold prisoners who were a threat to Canada, planned the largest escape from a Canadian POW camp during World War II. The prisoners’ plan to escape included tools made from whatever they could find at the camp. For example, compasses were made from magnetized needles, prisoner uniforms were modeled to look like civilian clothes, and candles were made from tin cans filled with fat. A radio was obtained by blackmailing a guard.
Escape rooms are a lot of fun. It’s no wonder that they are increasing in popularity across Canada. Friends are safely locked in a room and have to look for clues to help them find a way to open the door and escape from the room. The Bible paints a picture of temptation as something we need to escape. Many feel trapped in sin – temptation seems impossible to overcome, and over and over they yield to the temptation and then have to deal with the shame and guilt of the sin that results. It’s a horrible trap that doesn’t seem to have a way out. If that is what you are facing these days, I have good news. The apostle Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” You may feel that temptation has placed you in a room with no escape. But God promises that there is always a way out. In those moments, turn to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.