The Way Out
11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13No 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. 1 Corinthians 10:11-13
The lusts the attempt to rule us are not unique. The Scripture says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” Common. Yet, and I love this, the Scripture says, “God is faithful… he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
The way out.
Most of us don’t want to be shown the way out
of a pastry shop till we have had our croissant.
But let that shop fall in around us, and
we are ready to take cover.
We are ready to be lead out. Maybe.
The experience of temptation is not sin.
Temptation identifies the points at which
we are most vulnerable to live independent of God.
And if you have been brought into the family of Christ Jesus
the promise of God is that He will meet us by
and show us the way out.
But maybe you are not yet convinced
of the enduring joy of living dependent on His grace
and in His love.