Our world is chock-full of temptations that bombard us from every angle. Wherever you go, wherever you look, there is sure to be something drawing your attention away from good into evil of some sort. Often, as I have found, evil things can even manifest as good things and easily trick us. How do we stand up against all the temptations coming at us daily? What is to be done when we give in and fall short of the Lord’s desire and design for us?
1 Corinthians 10:13 states, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.”
What exactly does this mean, and what sort of hope does it give us?
We are weak and fallible creatures, as humans, and the Lord knows this. We wouldn’t need Christ as much as we do if we were nearly as strong as we tend to think we are. God is telling us that no matter what temptations come our way, he will always provide at least one way to escape it. There is nothing, temptation-wise, that we will face that mankind has not already been facing for thousands of years, in one way or another. Sex, drugs, money, alcohol, food… all the varieties of these temptations may have changed since the beginning, but they are the same in the root of their basic and evil ways.
So many times I have been faced with things I genuinely feel I cannot bear. I have no idea how to get past them and cannot even seem to think straight. As my faith has grown stronger and with hindsight being 20-20, I have realized that in those moments when I reach out for help and turn to the Lord in prayer, he helps me to escape at least long enough to deal with a given situation. The scriptures and people he has placed in my life help to guide me through these tempting situations I encounter and escape with grace and a least a bit of dignity!
Well now, if that isn’t just the truth and way of it!
I need only to turn to him in all times of trouble, and he will undoubtedly point me in the right direction. I do need to be willing to listen and act; however, as he is not going to control me like a puppet master and make me move. That part is up to me. Being redeemed by my Savior, I know that when I stumble and fall I am not automatically condemned to the damnation of hell. I can pull up my bootstraps, look to the Lord, and try try try again. Each time I fail, I learn.
Now the lessons in that seem to be how to use experiences as a learning tool and not to beat me up! Thank God for Jesus Christ and the love and grace he continually gives us so freely. I have a way to navigate through this broken world as a believer, and every day I am grateful for it. I pray if you have not yet found this peace and forgiveness that you do. I couldn’t face all the overwhelming temptations of the world without it.