"Most Up-Lifting" Verses: 1 Corinthians 10:13

By Michael Smith

"Most Up-Lifting" Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible.
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1 Corinthians 10:13
"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."

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My take:
This verse, like most in this series needs to be taken in small bite sized chunks.

The Bites:

  1. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man”.
    This gives me great personal relief because (from the point of view of temptation) I’m no different than everyone else. We all have temptation. Some temptations will be stronger to me than to you but we all have them. Temptation is a common human trait.
  2. “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able”.
    God loves us weak little humans and God is faithful to us. He will not allow us to be temped [tested] beyond what we can bear. We CAN bear it! Resisting temptation (key word RESISTING) will not be fun; will not be easy but we CAN bear it.
  3. “but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it”.
    When temptation comes, a way out/around/through the temptation will also present itself. God provides this, not us, not our friends, not the government, not your pastor. They are often helpful resources to point you to the way provided but GOD PROVIDES.

It has been my personal experience that the way out does not present itself at the same time as the temptation; but the way out comes later. My option is that God wants us to feel “the weight” of temptation; that he wants us to understand that we CAN’T do it without him.  …okay the astute among you will realize I just contradicted my point in bite number 2 above. In bite number 2, I said that we CAN resist the temptation. Well I need to amend that with my point from bite number 3 “GOD PROVIDES”. We CAN resist temptation with the help that God provides.

THIS IS NOT EASY! You will have failures. We all fail from time to time. This is a lifetime process. A process through which we grow in our faith as Christians. The key is to learn from every mistake, savor every success and pray often; talk over your failures and successes with God. Remember God loves and God provides!