I remember thinking once as a kid, Why would the same sun melt wax and harden clay? You and I know today, of course, that the sun simply reveals how wax and clay react differently to heat.

In the same way, you can expose two different people to the same circumstance, and each will likely react in a different manner.

The truth is, how you respond to a temptation or a testing tells you something about yourself. You find out what’s happening on the inside.

God knows that every temptation you encounter will help you see more clearly what’s in your heart.

We never know what’s in the “tube” until we take off the top and squeeze it. So God allows the squeezing times to come so that we may better understand His work within us.

But in the midst of it, always remember that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful.... when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out...” (1 Corinthians 10:13). He will provide the opportunity to do right through Himself as you draw closer to Him.

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