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.1 Corinthians 10:13(NASB)
What marvellous words of encouragement are couched throughout Scripture, and here we discover God's sufficient grace is available to all His children in the midst of the various trials and temptations that we all have to face during our earthly sojourn.
God does not promise to keep our lives free from difficulties and danger. He does not pledge to exempt us from fiery trials and troublesome temptations, nor even to prevent persecution, but He does undertake to limit its intensity and to provide a way of escape so that we may be able to bear it.
These are truly heartening words that have helped to bring consolation and comfort to generations of believers young and old, who have clung to this precious promise as a spiritual lifeline. They know that His grace is sufficient for all eventualities, and His sufficient grace will expand and multiply to encompass all the temptations, trials, and tribulations that we may be called upon to endure in this life.
This particular verse is preceded by a section that uses Israel wilderness wanderings as a witness and warning to the Church. Israel was saved out of Egypt's oppression by grace through faith in God's Word. And all who obeyed and applied the blood of the Passover lamb were passed over by the angel of death. Like Israel, we too have been saved by grace through faith in God's Word and cleansed by the blood of the perfect Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world and triumphed over death for all who trust in Him.
But following their miraculous escape from slavery in Egypt and God's covenant to provide for all their needs, some turned away from the God of their salvation and became idolators. Some turned to sexual immorality, and some grumbled, complained, and spoke evil against the Lord. They did not trust God to provide for their needs, and Paul used Israel's lack of faith in the wilderness as a warning to the Church against unbelief.
God's promises to Israel and those to the Church stand fast for ever and ever. And God has promised: "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man," and God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. And He will provide a way of escape so that you will be able to endure it.
Let us never forget that the temptations and trials in our lives are no different from what others experience. And let us never forget that God is faithful and has promised that He will not allow the temptation to be more than we can bear, but in His grace will provide a way out of it so that we can endure it.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus Who understands what it is like to be tempted in life. Thank You that He is able to sympathise with all our weaknesses. Thank You that there is no temptation that I have to face that is not common to the human race, and thank You that You have promised to provide a way of escape, by grace through faith in Christ, when trial come my way. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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