Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We can Handle
“So, if you think your are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 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 you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:11-12
I know everyone pick this verse, and says, “God will give you a way out.” Yes that is true, but there is so much more to what Paul is saying here. First he warns us from verse 11; “So if you think you are standing firm... be careful....” What a warning. He outlines here that temptation doesn’t happen in the darkest, dangerous, or the most depressing times in your life. It appears when it looks like you have it all going for you. After the temptation that is when the dogs come out. That is when the hunt begins, the time where you think you have it all together, then boom, your tempted to fall. But that is where the beauty of the verse begins. Now Paul outlines that God will first only give you what you can handle, and he gives you a way out. Isn’t God awesome. He knows our limits and puts a cap on the Devil, and then provides a way for us to escape temptation. We just got to take the road.
So what does this mean for me. This just makes me in awe of how much God loves us. Gives our enemies boarders. He knows that we can handle only so much. He knows. He also knows that temptation is not during the hard times, but during times of peace. Think about it, David and Bathsheba. David had a choice, walk off the roof or stay. But he chose to stay. Wow. God gives us ample chance to walk away. He protects us from the full brunt of a demonic attack. He places people in the right area. So for me, walk through the door and take the way out. Now I got to see it, take it and use it to get out of a dead bind. But also I must know that this type of temptation is not when I am at the bottom of my luck, it will be at the very top when I think I am doing well.
Lord thank you for the lesson. Help me to be on guard when things are going well. And to recognize your provisions as temptation comes.