Read 1 Corinthians 10
Focus on verse 13
When our boys were younger they periodically chose to try to get away with doing things that they knew they were not allowed to do. That in itself was not all that surprising. What I found more interesting was how, when they were caught, they would attempt to pass the responsibility off on someone or something else if possible.
Parent: “Why did you hit your brother?”
Child: “Its not my fault – He started it!”
Or in another case…
Parent: “Who spilled the milk on the floor here?”
Child: “It wasn’t my fault…the cup was stupid!”
It seems there is a strong trend within our nature to be susceptible to the temptation, first of all to do things that we know are not right, and then to try to somehow avoid the consequences of that choice.
In today’s reading, Paul explains that when it comes to giving in to temptation those of us who follow Jesus are without excuse.
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. (v. 13)
Apparently there is no temptation that is unique to you or I. Any temptation we face has been faced, and resisted by someone else, and is therefore not impossible to resist. Furthermore, God has promised not to allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. In addition to this, God has also promised to provide us with an exit route – a way to avoid failure and gain victory over temptation. All we have to do is look for the exit sign.
In my experience, there are very few times that I can recall in which I have given in to temptation, that I do not recall seeing – and ignoring – the way out that God provided for me. In this regard we are without excuse. No one forces us to sin…it is a choice we make to ignore, or even worse rebel against, God’s provision for us to walk in His strength.