I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Way of Escape
by Nina Rose Hall
Drawn, enticed, my flesh is weakening;
tempting old desires in me;
And the door to yield is opening:
the Spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.
Slowly now my feet are stumbling,
following on, as in a dream.
Pushing all my doubts behind,
I reach to grasp at sin’s alluring gleam.
Suddenly, a creak is heard from behind –
the Narrow Gate –
Opening forth, the light of truth shines forth:
“I AM the Way.”
“Follow Me,” His voice is calling,
“Child, won’t you turn to me?
I have giv’n you power to conquer.
I’ve made for you this way of escape!
“Won’t you leave that foolishness,
and follow me?
There is nothing here for you –
but vanity, regret, and sure defeat.”
Then the Lamp unto my feet
begins to light my way,
Showing me the victory
that can be mine today.
But turning back, I gaze once more
upon the lustful pleasures of before,
Still they beckon me to follow –
Could the happiness they promise lie just beyond this door?
Then through the gleam of light
that shines forth from the narrow way,
That penetrating beam exposed
sin’s hypnotizing haze.
I beheld the groaning souls
held shackled by their lust;
And in my heart that tower of yearning
crumbled into dust.
Christ, in all His splendor,
came once more alive to me.
Jesus Christ had died, that from those chains
I would be free!
Turning back my feet,
I saw again the way He’d made.
The way of His amazing grace –
rushing to my aid.
Though few pilgrims choose that path,
I see its wisdom clear.
And every time I’m tempted,
I know that door is near.
The choosing of that path, I know,
will be a constant test,
But in that way lies a conscience clear;
a heart at rest.
And whispered in my ears,
my Father’s gentle voice I hear:
“Yield not! Take courage, child!
Flee to the way of escape – it’s always there.”