TEMPTATIONS, TRIALS AND TESTING

TEMPTATIONS, TRIALS AND TESTING – 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

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 ESV

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold resolutely to the hope we confess, for He who promised is faithful.

2 Peter 2:9
if all this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Suffering for Right and Wrong
1 Peter 3:13-17
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers:
(13) There hath no temptation taken you.–What is meant by a “temptation common to man” (or rather, suited to man) is explained further on as a temptation which one is “able to bear.” From the warning and exhortation of the previous verse the Apostle passes on to words of encouragement, “You need not be hopeless or despairing.” God permits the temptation by allowing the circumstances which create temptation to arise, but He takes care that no Fate bars the path of retreat. With each temptation he makes a way to escape from it. And that is so, must be so, because God is faithful.

The state of salvation to which God has called us would be a delusion if there were an insuperable difficulty to our continuing in it.
We have in this verse, perhaps, the most practical and therefore the clearest exposition to be found of the doctrine of free-will in relation to God’s overruling power. God makes an open road, but then man himself must walk in it. God controls circumstances, but man uses them. That is where his responsibility lies.

From M Henry:
God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.

MY PONDERING

Life it tough but God is good. I am fully persuaded God has our best in mind. He has the capacity to see the whole. What is easy isn’t always the best. What is comforting isn’t always the best either. This is no doubt perplexing. It requires discernment, guidance and ultimate from God’s Spirit.

Because of free will within the determined boundaries set by God, temptations and trials are set before us to test our metal. Should our faith remain resolute and our eyes and heart fixed upon our dear Savior, our victory is assured by Jesus.

So when the nastiness comes our way, let’s not focus on the size of it but rather the size of our God. Let’s look within the Word and up for help having confidence in our Maker.

If it’s to be, it’s up to me and Thee. Mostly Thee.

Victory is mine, victory is mine….praise the Lord for victory is mine!

MY PRAYER

LORD, have pity on me. You well know I was born a sinner. I didn’t and couldn’t do much to help my sorry lot. I had 2 strikes against with a vicious pitch coming my way but You laid up a Sunday slow pitch big old softball for me to swing at. Thank you for allowing life to knock me down hard so I could look up and into Thy loving invisible eyes. By Your Spirit, I shall overcome and arrive home safe. I shall watch my 3rd base Coach, run the fastest I can, slide should I need and trust Jesus to drive me in.

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