Grabbing the Brass Ring
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1Corinthians 10:13)
Grabbing the brass ring on a vintage carousel required looking for it, good timing, and proper placement. The reward was often a free ride. Finding the “way of escape” promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is like grabbing that ring.
We have to look for the way out that God promises. That involves faith that it’s there and a heart that wants to find it. Timing was also the key for those looking for the ring. There was usually only a moment or two during the ride where all the circumstances came together to allow the rider to grab the ring. God’s way of escape is often like that. Yes, He’s incredibly merciful and full of grace. But His way of escape from the temptation may not last forever, nor always be easily available.
But God promises to make a way. It’s up to us to locate it and grab it. The brass ring didn’t fall into the hands of the person looking for it—he or she had to grab it. It’s often the same with our God-given opportunities to escape our temptations. God may open a door, but we have to walk through it.
The next time you’re faced with temptation, start looking for the way of escape. God promises it will be there. Then don’t presume on His grace. Take advantage of the way out as soon as possible. Only heaven will reveal the pain you’ll avoid. But the joy of obedience will be your portion in this life!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful promise. Help me to get better and better at seeing Your way of escape for me, and help me to move quickly and take advantage of the way You provide.
Taken from My Light and My Salvation, by Mark DuPre,’ Broadstreet Publishing Group: Racine, Wisconsin, 2015
PS: As a very young girl I had the joy of riding a very special carousel in Spokane Washington. That carousel is now is now being enjoyed by families visiting the Henry Ford Museum complex in Dearborn Michigan. I remember almost falling off my horse trying to grab the brass ring, because my arms were so short. However, I was successful several times. Now, Jesus is my reward. His arm is never too short to catch me and give me a way of escape from my temptations.