Text for Today – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as it common to man, but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted (tested, or tried) above that which you are able; but will with the temptation (test or trial) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (parentheses are mine)
Please take a moment and read our Text for Today again. This verse begins with an all-inclusive statement of great encouraging magnitude. “There hath NO temptation taken you but such as is common to man . . . ” So often I hear people, even ministers, misquote, misrepresent, and misuse this verse of Scripture. They will say things like, “God won’t put any more on you than you can bear.” My dear friend, such a statement is so far from the truth of 1 Corinthians 10:13. It says nothing at all like that. First of all, God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does He tempt anyone with evil. Secondly, WHY would God use such temptation as this? Here again, I hear statements from Christians, even ministers, that are so ridiculous. Think of it. God already knows the end from the beginning. Yet I hear people say that God brings, or permits, such temptations so He can see what His people will do. Get real! God already knows exactly what you will do in any circumstance. To say less of Him would be to say that He is not God. My friend, put such thinking far from you, for it is completely unfounded in Scripture.
The closing of this verse says God will make a “way of escape” so you can “bear” what comes against you. This segment of the passage, like the opening, brings great relief of heart to the believer. We can know that regardless of what we face, we’re not alone and we will escape and overcome. But the middle portion of the passage is the fulcrum, the balance point, of the whole verse. Our God “is faithful; Who will not suffer you to be tempted (tested, or tried) above that which you are able.” Note – Our God is faithful! We are faithfully kept from what we do not know.
I sometimes wonder how many temptations, tests and trials I have been spared in my life. But I don’t wonder long. I simply begin to thank the Lord for keeping me from ever having to encounter anything I cannot handle. And I likewise rejoice in knowing that whatever comes my way, my Father has every confidence in knowing He has already equipped me with His supernatural power and the skill to exercise it so I may emerge the victor, an overcomer, and more than a conqueror.
Manna for Today – Psalm 5:12; Psalm 64; Psalm 23; Psalm 91; 1 John 4:4 & 17; James 1:12-14