Keep the Faith
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:1
I desperately wanted to further my education, but the closest college offering my major was several hours away. For more than a year I tried to determine how I could make it work, but I simply could not afford to quit my job and relocate. One week before the fall semester, I received an attractive job offer from an employer five minutes from the university. I was ecstatic. God had answered my prayers. I could work full time and attend school part time. I could not have asked for a more perfect plan.
But halfway into my journey, my focus shifted from God’s perfect gift to the challenges ahead. As a part-time student, it would take six years to complete the program. It was tempting to quit.
In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul reminds us of the Israelites’ wilderness experience and the result of their faithlessness: “And do not grumble, as some of them did — and were killed by the destroying angel” (1 Corinthians 10:10). Paul warned that there will be challenges and temptations but that God will provide a way to stand up under them (1 Corinthians 10:13).
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