1 Corinthians 10:13 (King James Version)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it
What does this mean?
Temptations are the common experiences of every believer. It is encouraging to know that God deems temptation a common experience among Christians. No one is exempt from solicitation to evil. Temptations are not peculiar to us. There is nothing unique about our temptations. We are not the only one who ever went through that temptation. We say, “No one ever had such loss as I have had. I grieve over that mate who left me. That wayward child distresses me deeply. No one had such financial loss as me.”
Everyone has turn at these things. We have all been slandered and misrepresented. We have gone through those half-truths and innuendos. We all get a little of this before we die. Misery likes company! We get our heaven at the end of life, not during this life. All the hell that Christians will ever know is right now. It will be here, not hereafter. All the pain, suffering, crying, gossip, trouble, we experience here. All trouble we have is ordinary, not unusual. It is ordinary because everyone has it. We cannot get through life without trouble.
but God is faithful,
All temptations are under God’s control and personal involvement. Spiritual failure is avoidable. We face financial difficulty but God is faithful. We are hospitalized but God is faithful. God is faithful no matter what happens to me. Sunshine or rain, peace or pain, God is faithful. God is faithful to His Word. He will never let us down if we belong to Him. God will send us into the fire but He will bring us through. That is where our faith comes in. Whatever our trouble, whatever our trial, He will see us through it because of His immutable character.
How to deal with it?
The thing that makes the difference is not what we do about our temptation but what God can do about it. God is immutable. God knows that we all have different capacities to deal with problems. God designs every temptation for blessing and spiritual growth. God is faithful in testing and temptation. The great issue in it all is the character of God; He is immutable and faithful to His promises. God loves the believer who is out of fellowship as much as the believer in fellowship. He is faithful to both. When someone rebuffs us as humans, we want to reject him, but God never rejects us. God never blows his stack and so has to cool down later. He is always the same, so He can be nothing but faithful.
There are three lessons about temptation:
1. Temptation is common to every person, so there is no temptation that is unique. No one can hide behind the argument that his sin is unique and so he can be excused.
2. God controls the context of our temptation. We Christians are not alone in our temptation and can draw on God to deliver us.
3. God personally and providentially provides a specific way of escape.