1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)
12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
I ended my last article with this question: Why are we vulnerable to distrusting our loving Father even after we see Him work powerfully in our lives?
Well, I think the reason we are vulnerable to distrusting our loving Father even after we see Him work powerfully in our lives is because we are sinful. No duh Kenny! I could have told you that! You’re a knucklehead. Okay, okay, let me say it a different way. The reason we are vulnerable to distrusting God even after we see him work powerfully in our lives is because our sin nature is bent towards trusting in itself and not in God.
When you look back at the very first sin of mankind, you see that the central issue was trust. The serpent’s line of attack against Adam and Eve was simply to get them to distrust God and question His goodness and love for them (Genesis 3:1-7). Satan was telling them, “God is holding out on you! He doesn’t want you to eat of the fruit of this tree NOT because He loves you; He’s doing it because He’s afraid of you!” Oh brother! What a whopper of a lie!
Now what’s important for us to see is that what Satan did back then is the same thing he is doing today. He spoke lies about God back then and he continues to do it now. That’s it. That’s his method of operation (M.O.). He lies about God and seeks to get us to distrust Him. It’s a simple but very effective M.O. So effective that even when God works powerfully in our lives, we STILL remain vulnerable to distrusting Him the very next day or maybe even sooner. This is why Paul urges in verse 12 the one who thinks he stands to take heed lest he fall.
Yet, although we remain vulnerable, we do not remain helpless. For Paul declares in verse 13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Amen! What great promises to trust in! 1) There is no temptation that you have faced or will face that is unique only to you. You’re not alone in your temptations. You’re not a weirdo for being tempted in the way that you are. What you’re struggling with is COMMON TO MANKIND. 2) God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability. So, even when you don’t think you can handle it, the truth is, you can. He promises that He knows you limits and He will protect you. 3) With all temptations, God provides a way of escape. Therefore, there’s always a way out. Always! And not just a way of getting out of a difficult situation but there’s actually a way to live for God and not give into the temptation to trust in yourself rather than Him.