Lately, I’ve been waking in the night.
I’ll wake up agitated, sweating, and have to lay there on top of the covers to cool off, thinking.
I usually begin praying for my wife, 3 feet away, which is honestly hard right now, and thinking about what God is up to, hoping I don’t miss it because I am spiritually nearsighted. Hit me right between the eyes with it, Father! Last night I awoke, and started thinking about temptation. And as I lay there thinking about the temptations of life, I remembered several scriptures.
I Cor 10:13, There is no temptation taken you except that which is common to man, but God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape.
Or, Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
And again, Heb 2:18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
As I lay there thinking about these, my heart felt like it was on fire, I felt stronger, encouraged, I knew God was just waiting to help me in my time of need. I fell back asleep, not worried about how the future might turn out, about the possibilities and impossibilities, but confident that God will be there to meet me along the way.
Lately I’ve had many times when I feel like I am lost, hopeless, utterly at a loss to explain anything. And then I realize that even this is in God’s hands, and that he is good, kind, loving, and if we return to him he will take the trash of the world and turn it into treasure.
That gives me hope.