Continuing the series about who God is, we are in 1 Corinthians 10:13 today.
13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
What truth do I learn about God?
On the surface, I think we would say God is faithful. While that is correct, what I think the verse is really telling us is that God is our protector. The first part of the verse tells us that temptation will come our way. Not always Job-esque or Jesus being tempted in the wilderness level temptation, but something such as simple gossip, or other sins we only consider “little.”
The second half tells us that God will not stop the temptation, but he won’t allow any more than with we can cope, and he will also equip us with the tools and strength to make it past the momentary hurdle.
How does this encourage my faith?
We can be encouraged that when storms come, it isn’t because we have been forsaken, but actually we have been fortified and able to defeat the threat.
What response can I have as a result?
Whatever I am facing at the moment, God is my protector. He is looking out for me and has his shield ready to defeat the foe I am facing. I can have peace knowing I am not alone.