“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.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
God is the provider of “the way of escape” In the midst of temptation. That’s the promise.
To be perfectly honest, I struggle to believe it! I always intend to be sensible with chocolate (for example) and seldom am. I always seem to fail. And even when I do succeed it doesn’t seem to last. The next failure is waiting at the door, like an aggressive debt-collector.
But I suppose that’s with the things that are uppermost in my mind right now. When I take a moment to look back and think it all through, I begin to see the truth of this verse.
We are in the world where “stuff” happens and there’s no getting away from it. But when you call out to God he always answers you. Always.
Something from the Bible makes you hope again, lifts you out of the doldrums. When you draw near to God and resist the devil, he does flee. And the very battle itself makes you draw near to God and find a new joy in his presence. And we live to fight another day after all, realising his mercy and grace are new every morning.
C.S.Lewis often paints the “Big Picture” for me. Reflect on this, this morning: “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”