Temptation protection

“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.


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