“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
Temptations are the common experiences of every believer. It is encouraging to know that God deems temptation a common experience among Christians. No one is exempt from solicitation to evil. Temptations are not peculiar to us. There is nothing unique about our temptations. We are not the only one who ever went through that temptation. We say, “No one ever had such loss as I have had. I grieve over that mate who left me. That wayward child distresses me deeply. No one had such financial loss as me.”
Everyone has a turn at these things. We have all been slandered and misrepresented. We have gone through those half-truths and innuendos. We all get a little of this before we die. Misery likes company! We get our heaven at the end of life, not during this life. All the hell that Christians will ever know is right now. It will be here, not hereafter. All the pain, suffering, crying, gossip, trouble we experience here. All trouble we have is ordinary, not unusual. It is ordinary because everyone has it. We cannot get through life without trouble.
but God is faithful,
All temptations are under God’s control and personal involvement. Spiritual failure is avoidable. We face financial difficulty, but God is faithful. We are hospitalized, but God is faithful. God is faithful, no matter what happens to me. Sunshine or rain, peace or pain, God is faithful. God is faithful to His Word. He will never let us down if we belong to Him. God will send us into the fire, but He will bring us through. That is where our faith comes in. Whatever our trouble, whatever our trial, He will see us through it because of His immutable character.
who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
God personally intervenes by His providence and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. The point is not that the Christian can reach a point of sinlessness, but God knows how much pressure we can take. He knows the straw that breaks the camel’s back. God will stretch us spiritually but not beyond our ability to bear it. Temptation is an opportunity to grow in our faith.
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
In God’s providence, He personally makes a way of escape from temptation so that the Christian does not have to fall into sin. God specially designs a way of escape. The definite article” the” before both “temptation” and “way of escape” points to a particular escape. However, if we intentionally put ourselves in the way of temptation, then we put God to the test – and this is sin. But for every temptation allowed by God, He provides an answer. It’s like taking a test with the answers in the back! We draw enough grace for each situation.
that you may be able to bear it.
God provides the way of escape. It is God’s purpose to constantly test our volition in relation to Him. Every decision we make in God’s will demonstrates that Satan was out of line in his fall.
There is always divine provision for temptation.
The thing that makes the difference is not what we do about our temptation but what God can do about it. God is immutable. God knows that we all have different capacities to deal with problems. God designs every temptation for blessing and spiritual growth. God is faithful in testing and temptation. The great issue in it all is the character of God; He is immutable and faithful to His promises. God loves the believer who is out of fellowship as much as the believer in fellowship. He is faithful to both. When someone rebuffs us as humans, we want to reject him, but God never rejects us. God never blows his stack and so has to cool down later. He is always the same, so that He can be nothing but faithful.
There are three lessons about temptation:
- Temptation is common to every person, so there is no temptation that is unique. No one can hide behind the argument that his sin is unique, and so he can be excused.
- God controls the context of our temptation. We Christians are not alone in our temptation and can draw on God to deliver us.
- God personally and providentially provides a specific way of escape.