1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all
under the cloud and all passed through the sea;
2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 and all ate the same spiritual food;
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.
6 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved.
7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.”
8 Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.
9 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.
10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
13 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.
One thing we can tell ourselves when we are tempted is, “This will not last forever.”
Indeed, part of the enticement of temptation is traced back to the lie that the desire will never leave; that the itch will not go away until we scratch it.
Paul rebuked this line of thinking when he promised that God “will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able” (v. 13). Sometimes sin has us believe that God Himself is the problem; that He exists to cause trouble and watch you suffer.
On the contrary, God is not the problem—He’s the solution. Notice the key phrase in verse 13: “God is faithful.” His faithfulness enables you
to withstand your faithlessness.
God does not desire to see you suffer; He longs to watch you overcome. God is faithful to provide loopholes amidst temptation. Behind every locked door of sin is an alternative route—“the way of escape” (v. 13).
The alternative actually accompanies the sin itself: “but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also” (v. 13). The alternative route is the path of endurance (v. 13).
Resistance requires endurance. But the temptation won’t always last —
the more you develop your endurance, the less tempting the itch becomes.
- Why is knowing the Word of God essential to overcoming temptation?
- Besides knowing God’s Word, what are some other practical ways you can daily stand with God to withstand temptation?
Praise God for always providing a way out from sin. Look for the glimmers of His faithfulness throughout the day—look for the alternative routes He provides for you, and praise Him each time you take one.