There is a story about the Lone Ranger. He and his sidekick, Tonto, are crossing the Great Plains. All of a sudden, a group of Indians attack from the south. Tonto asks, “What do we do, Kimosabi?” The Lone Ranger says, “Well, we should go to the north.” So, they go north to run from the Indians but then shortly run into another group of Indians positioned on a northern ridge, who are also prepared to attack. Tonto asks, “Kimosabi, what do we do now?” The Lone Ranger thinks and replies, “Well, we should go west.”

They hit the western ridge only to find a group of Indians there too. Tonto asks, “Well, what do we do now, Kimosabi?” The Lone Ranger says, “Well, we can only go east. That is the only option that we have left.” The problem was that another group of Indians were positioned to attack from the east. They were surrounded! The Indians were slowly closing in on them from all sides. The Lone Ranger looked at Tonto and asked, “What do we do now, Tonto? These are your people.” Tonto replied, “What do you mean we, Kimosabi?”

Here’s the point: It is easy to jump ship when the going gets tough. But as Christians, we serve a faithful God who has called each of us to be faithful in return. That’s why Paul wrote: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

In Christ,
Jonathan Anderson