By Dan North
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Temptation” refers to those moments when we have a chance to do something that what we both shouldn’t do and want to do. By its very nature, a temptation is difficult to resist. But God is always with us, and he is faithful. When you are tempted, God will supply you with an “out.” For example, since chewing gum curbs cravings access to it is an “out” to dieters when tempted by ice cream. Frequently, your “outs” will come through help from other Christians. Remember, “no temptation” is “not common” to humanity. It’s unlikely you’ll find unsympathetic ears in the church of Christ. Note, it’s not a failure to admit temptation; but it is a failure to succumb. Even then, do not despair. You may often fail to resist temptation. I do. But God has unconditional love for you. Always confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness, but then give it another go. God will always be there to pick you up after you fall, and eventually, if keep at it. you’ll notice the time between failures will grow. And pray. Always pray. Christ says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).
Father, I want to obey Your will, but there’s so many enticing chances to sin. Change my heart so I do not desire to sin and help me to recognize and take advantage of the “outs” you give me when tempted. Amen.