When I think about the verses in the Bible that I want you to know, this is one of them. It’s very encouraging. It’s about temptation:
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. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation takes on all sorts of forms and comes in all shapes and sizes:
- It invites you to doubt, worry and question God’s goodness
- It pushes you toward a burst of anger
- It nudges you to look at a website you shouldn’t, or to look at another person inappropriately
- It encourages you to lie on your income tax statement
- It makes you feel it’s okay to judge others
- It tells you to think terrible things about people of different ethnicities
- It provides bad words for you to say about or to others
- It woos you to break your marriage vows
Like I said, temptation takes on all forms.
But as this verse tells you, your temptations are neither new, unusual or unique to you — no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.
You’re not the only person to feel the way you do. You’re not alone in your temptation.
That’s really important to know — that Satan hasn’t singled you out for some weird, super-temptation. In the language of the Bible, it’s common.
And that should tell you something. The devil doesn’t have any new tricks. What he did to Eve in the Garden — questioned the goodness of God, twisted God’s Word and flat-out lied — is all he’s still doing today. Nothing new at all.
Thus, we’re stupid if we keep falling for his tricks.
So, the next time you feel discouraged, fearful or pulled to sin, remember the source. And as we’ll see as we dive more into this verse, you don’t have to fail.
You have choices. Yea God.