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. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Each of us have areas of weakness where we are vulnerable to sin. The writer of Hebrews refers to this as “the sin which so easily besets us”. (Hebrews 12:1) One translation describes it as ‘the sin that so easily entangles us’, while another calls it ‘the sin that so easily trips us up.’ No doubt many of us have watched ourselves fall into the same sin over and over again throughout life. James tells us that ‘each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.’ (see James 1:14) Buried deep within each of us are areas of weakness that make us more vulnerable to certain sins. Whereas for one it may be lust, for another it may be envy. In addition we learn from the book of Ephesians that Satan is very methodical in his approach to tempting us. (see Ephesians 6:11)
According to our passage of scripture for today, though temptation is common for every man, temptation can be resisted and defeated. Consider these three important truths that will help us find victory:
Truth #1 – We Are All Facing Similar Temptations. The first thing we need to recognize is that our situation is not special and that there is no justification for us sinning. Others have faced similar temptations and found victory. Therefore, we can as well.
Truth #2 – God Will Not Allow Us to be Tempted Beyond Our Ability to Resist. Satan often tries to tell us that our temptations are too great for us to overcome. Yet scripture teaches us that Satan cannot tempt us beyond the boundaries God sets. (see Job 1:12; Luke 22:31-32) Whenever we are tempted we must remember that God is not a million miles away. He is there with us and He is ready to help, if we will seek His strength. (see Hebrews 4:14-16)
Truth #3 – With Every Temptation There is a Way to Escape. It is true; God does sometimes allow us to be tempted. Scripture teaches us that God allowed Satan to attack Simon Peter, even as He allowed Satan to attack Job. Yet the Lord did not turn these men completely over to Devil. Jesus told Peter that He had prayed for his deliverance, even before Satan began his assault. Therefore, we must always remind ourselves that victory is possible. If Peter had watched and prayed as the Lord had told him, no doubt his story would have been very different. (see Matthew 26:41)
Though we are susceptible to temptation, we are not helpless victims. According to scripture, victory can be ours, but it takes a commitment on our part to pray and seek God’s strength.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”