More on God’s Faithfulness and His Promises
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
Ex.13:17>And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines,although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
Ps.125:3> For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put hands unto iniquity.
Luke 22:32> But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethen.
2Pet.2:9> The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
make the way of escape,
Gen.19:20-21> Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither,(is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning the thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
Ps.124:7>Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
Jer.21:11> And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
Acts 27:44> And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. and so it came to pas, that they escapee all safe to land.
When we are considering the promises of God, it is invaluable to keep His faithfulness in view. Our present verse helps us focus on the faithfulness of God, while offering more promises from our God of promises.
The setting for our meditation is temptations (or, testings). “No temptation has overtaken you.” It is interesting to note that this word translated temptation could also be rendered as “testing.” This gives insight into the question frequently raised during difficult times: “Is this the enemy, or is this the Lord?” In the midst of the battles of life, the enemy of our souls wants to tempt us into wrong responses like doubt, fear, or compromise. On the other hand, in the same battles, the Lord wants to test us (to exercise our faith). Appropriately, this one term can be used for both situations. Thus, in any temptation or testing, we can be assured that our struggles are not unique. “No temptation [or, testing] has overtaken you except such as is common to man.” Whatever our struggle, the Lord has dealt with it innumerable times before.
More significant than the commonplace nature of our difficulties is the faithfulness of God: “but God is faithful.” This is the pivotal issue in our impossibilities. Too often, we find ourselves fainting at the challenges that we face. We sense our own unreliability. We are concerned that we may prove unfaithful. God wants us to concentrate on His faithfulness.
After reminding us of God’s faithfulness, the Spirit brings forth two promises that provide hope to those in temptations and testings. First, God will not allow battles that are inappropriate for our stage of spiritual growth. He”will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” Second, God will eventually provide a way out of the battle. He “will also make the way of escape.” If we respond in godly faith to the enemy’s “mortar shells,” the Lord will not allow him to destroy us. Whatever the difficulty involves, the Lord will see us through (“that you may be able to bear it”). We can count on God fulfilling these promises, because “God is faithful.”
Dear Lord, thank You for exposing the lie of the enemy that my trials are unique. Thank You for promising to see me through and bring me out. Lord, help me to rest my expectations on Your faithfulness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.