Understanding Trouble – Part 3
“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…” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV).
The hard truth is that we could read the Bible four hours a day, pray until we have calluses on our knees, come to church every time the doors open, and still be tempted! There is no sanctified posture that we can assume to preclude temptation. If Satan would dare tempt Jesus when he was here on earth, don’t you think he’s going to come after you and me? He’s not impressed by our credentials or our self-proclaimed maturity in Christ. But we don’t have to panic or get discouraged!
First, we have to remember that Jesus himself was tempted in every way that we are, yet he did not sin; so temptation in and of itself is not sin. Second, Jesus understands what we go through. He can empathize with our weaknesses, and we can therefore approach the throne of God with confidence in our time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16). Further, we have the assurance that we are not left to fight temptation on our own. We have the promise in Scripture that tells us that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear; that “when [we] are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that [we] can endure it."
For someone who may be saying, “But I did give in to temptation. My will gave consent to the thought that was presented and I dwelt and acted on it. I did fall into sin!” there is yet hope in Christ! The same God who has promised to provide a way a way out of the temptations we face in life is the same God who tells us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So, in Christ, we win! That should cause us all to rejoice and to praise his name today!
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25)!