The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back


So what is the straw that broke the camel’s back?  1907 pounds is the heaviest load a camel has ever carried (Yare Camel Camp), so it seems 1908 pounds would be the preverbal “final straw.”

Most of us are familiar with and have even experienced this expression.  We have all had times in our lives when felt like we just couldn’t handle anything else.  Here is the interesting part though; this expression doesn’t apply to us spiritually.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

This is God’s divine promise that there will never, ever be a time or situation in our lives when we cannot beat the sins we are faced with.  There will always be a way out.  There will always be a solution which does not involve sinning.  We will always be able to beat sin with God’s help (Philippians 4:13).  God will not ever let that last straw fall and break us spiritually.  This doesn’t mean it will be easy (i.e. addictions), but we will never have so much temptation on our spiritual backs that we will not be able to bear the load.

Sin can be very enticing, but there is always a way of escape.  Sometimes it is as simple as walking away or looking away.  Other times it’s as difficult as rehab, counseling, confession, and medical care.  God is looking out for us.  God has provided ways for us to beat sin in our lives if we are willing to walk through God’s spiritual escape hatches.

Satan’s tactics are vicious, but God is impenetrable.  Temptation is tough, but God is stronger.  With God in our lives, we always have the upper hand on sin.  With God, we can win the battle against Satan.  Keep fighting!

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