1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
Krissy and I were talking about this verse earlier tonight and the Lord really brought a lot of understanding regarding it. We find that this verse, even for us up until tonight, seemed to go in the face of the grace message and what we call the “story of authority”. In addition, it appears to go in opposition to James teaching on temptation and trial. Most of us read it as this: God will allow some testing or temptation into your life, but He’ll step in and provide a way out if it gets to much for you to bear. This concept causes a mistrust towards God, and uncertainity regarding His actions, or lack thereof. But this isn’t what it’s saying. Tonight I explained it like this. Picture mankind on a track. Heading towards us, on the same track, is temptation, trial, and evil circumstances. God is outside of all of this. James tells us not to be deceived, God doesn’t have a thing to do with temptation or trials. What happens is this, some temptation or trials, through discipline (reading the word, prayer, watching what you eat, etc.), you are fully able to overcome without a supernatural way out, essentially you are able to bear that temptation, and overcome it fully. In other instances, God sees that if left alone, the temptation will overcome us, so in His abundance of grace, He provides the grace to escape or overcome the situation. God isn’t allowing certain temptations and not allowing others. In fact, He isn’t involved with temptation at all. Instead, God is involved with victory and providing a way where there seems to be no way. This means that we don’t have ever have to embrace our trials thinking that perhaps God is putting us through them to teach us something. God isn’t allowing certain things to happen to you. God loves you and is constantly working on your behalf, and when you are tempted, He is faithful and will always provide a way of safety beyond that temptation.