Temptation 101 – Part 4
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:9-15
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
The final slice of God’s promise of victory over temptation is found in this last phrase: “He will show you a way out so that you can endure.” There are two thoughts to this phrase, the first of which says God will provide an opening—a thought in our minds—on how to overcome the temptation. God does not allow the evil one to block all avenues to victory. If we discipline our minds to slow down and look to God, He will open our eyes to the path we can go. It might be a thought that tells us to literally run from that physical place where we are being tempted. It might mean to shut the computer off immediately. It might mean to turn the channel on the TV or walk out of the movie. Whatever the path is, God will reveal it to us if we take a moment to look to Him.
The second thought to this phrase is about the “length of time” of the temptation. God won’t allow temptation to continue long. I like to remind myself: Temptation is short; how I feel afterwards is long. If I fail, I feel horrible for days. If I am victorious, I feel great for days! Don’t let the devil’s lies convince you that a temptation will just never end. God sets the timing “so that you can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13d). Never forget: Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Father, when I feel weak, remind me how strong I am in you. Grant me your faithful reminders that I can do all things through Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.