“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. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Joshua 21-22, Psalm 47, and 1 Corinthians 10.
Today as I read this verse I finally connected it to my past.
Before, I would generally find it to be a comfort for the life ahead of me: There may come temptations, but God is willing to be there with me.
I looked back at my life and recalled situations in which something very wrong could have happened if I had done one thing rather than another. I realized that God had spared me. He had prevented me from doing something I shouldn’t do.
How had that happened? People have been praying for me my entire life. Some I know, some I don’t even know. But God heard them and kept me from succumbing to a temptation in certain instances.
There is Scripture telling me emphatically that my strength must come from Him. I am NOT able to get things right apart from Him. I must never assume that I’m strong and that there is no temptation that I can’t handle. I am weak and susceptible to everything that comes down the pike!
I need to be close to Him every second. There is no “free” time for the believer. My full trust must be in Him or I will be vulnerable to temptations.
“Lord, You are a great God. Thank You for sparing me from surrendering to serious temptation in my past. You protected me. O how I thank You now for it! I fortify myself with You now. Protect me from temptation I beg. I love You, Lord.”
Temptation is neverending BUT God, praise be to Him, is also.