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
“In sickness and in health… till death do us part.” “I’ll pay you back double, as soon as I get my check.” “We’ll play a game tomorrow night. I’m just too tired tonight.”
We make and receive promises all the time. Unfortunately, as you well know, sinful human beings also break their promises all the time. Whether it is a spouse, a friend, a parent, or really anyone else for that matter, not every promise, even the most well-intentioned, is kept.
God is not like people. When he makes a promise, he always keeps it. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). That means when we find a promise that God has shared with us on the pages of his Word, we know that promise will be kept.
There are some wonderful promises in the Bible. Today’s Bible verses voice one of them: “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).
No doubt you have experienced those times when you just felt completely stuck and seemingly there was nothing you could do but give in to temptation, whatever it may be. After all, you reason, “God will understand. This situation is unique.”
The reality is that you are never stuck. Why? Because God is faithful. He keeps his promises and he has promised that you will never be tempted beyond what you can bear. When you feel that God has overestimated you, and you are indeed in a situation that is too much for you, he promises to provide a way out. “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
How awesome this promise is! God doesn’t just tell us how he wants us to live our lives, he promises to help us when we are tempted to go against his will. We are never stuck. There is always a way out that is God-pleasing. But please notice what is not said here. God does not promise that it will be easy, quick, or fun, according to our sinful nature. What he does promise, and of this we can be absolutely sure, is that he will give us exactly the help we need to overcome temptation.
Heavenly Father, there are times when I feel overwhelmed. Thank you for your promise to help when I am tempted. Help me to trust that promise because you are the One who sent your Son to die for me and you are faithful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.