1 Corinthians 10:13 English Standard Version (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.
If I could sit with you right now, and hear your deepest, darkest, hardest trial, here is what I would want to do. I would want to put my arms around you, weep with you, pray with you and after a time of lament, I would want to point you to 1 Corinthians 10:13. Why? Because this verse has been so life changing to me personally in my own trials. Because ultimately it is an encouragement directly from God for when we face trials and temptations. It’s easy to be filled with faith when everything makes sense and is going our way. When dark clouds hover above us, and when our peace is disrupted by a storm, we have questions and doubts. We wonder if we are all alone in our struggle, because it really feels like we are. We know God is faithful, but our pain tempts us to doubt. We wonder if we are strong enough to endure this storm, or if we will succumb to our weakness and sink, never to rise again. This verse answers these questions and gives us the perspective and truth we need to face our trials with grace.
No temptation has overtaken you except, such is common to man;
In a trial (another word for temptation ) it can feel like we are all alone and nobody understands what we are going through – in a way that is true. No one understands exactly what it is like to be us facing our unique situation; however, this word from God reassures us that we are not alone. Our trials are not some new thing that the Bible does not speak to. They are essentially the same trials that people have been facing for thousands of years. God still has the answer for them today in our modern world. Our trial is not so unique that it has taken God by surprise. He knows what to do and how to get you through it.
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able
We know God is faithful; however, trials have a way of wearing on us and even the most faith-filled Christians can begin to question if God’s plan is best. Trials don’t always make sense from a human perspective. Why would God allow a chronic illness come into the life of a faithful servant? Couldn’t that person “get more done” for the kingdom of God if they were well? What purpose could God possibly have for allowing a situation where someone is stuck in a job with a cruel boss? Situations like these can be so confusing when we can’t see the whole picture. If this is where you are at today, be encouraged, God sees the whole, not the part. He knows what we need and He is faithful.
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Escape is exactly what we want when we are suffering. We might want to escape our health problems by finding a cure, or escape a difficult relationship by leaving a marriage or a job. There are some situations that either don’t allow for escape, or would not honor God if we did. This verse does not mean that God will take you out of the situation but He will help you to get through it in a way that honors Him. He will provide the strength and the grace that you need to persevere in the faith even in the hardest times. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. ”
When the sky gets dark, and storm clouds threaten, it can be tempting to focus on the trouble that is surrounding us. We begin to form our plan of escape and believe what we see over the truth that we know. 1 Corinthians 10:13 encourages us to put our focus on Christ. It tells us what is true. We are not alone. God is indeed faithful, even in our unique circumstance, and we can endure by His grace. Every trial brings the opportunity for us to trust God and seek to do things His way, or believe that we know better and follow our own plan. God’s way is often harder to choose in the beginning, but the blessings of following after Him in the hard times are always worth it.
If you have been struggling through a trial or a temptation, here are a few ways you can apply this verse today.
- Check your thoughts. Take a moment to examine how you have been approaching your trial. Is there a theme in your thought life? What is it?
- Take them captive. If any of them don’t line up with 1 Corinthians 10:13, train yourself to replace them with the truth of God’s word.
- Meditate on Scripture. Write down verses that help you with your specific struggle. Post them at your desk, in your car, or in the kitchen at home. Read them over and over again.
- Find a worship song with the specific truth you need to meditate on. Play it and sing it through out the day.
- Be in the word daily. Our hearts are deceitfully wicked and we hear lies from our culture all day long. We need to constantly be filling our minds with God’s truth.