From Pastor’s Desk:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
With the “new” slant of what this verse means, we must be careful to stay within the parameters of Scripture. It is clear that God does not tempt mankind, as stated in James 1:13, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” But continuing on, verse 14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.” We all know that the “flesh” can be tempted. That’s human nature. So how does this square with 1 Corinthians 10:13?
There are three main categories of sin: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of like. In the “Wilderness Temptation” Jesus was tempted in all three (Matthew 4:1-11). Without going into great detail, I am of the opinion that there are specific temptation(s) that can be listed under all three main categories. These temptations all come from within. Human beings have to contend with all the specifics under the three main headings.
Each person must contend with his/her own temptation. As much as we like to think we are individually unique, there is a strain of commonality that runs between each other, that being temptation, including all three main categories, all specifics, and excluding none. Granted, one person may not be tempted exactly the same way as another person, depending upon traits, personality, weakness, strength, etc., but all will be tempted in one way or another.
There is another commonality, however. We all have the same promise that God will not tempt. We also have the promise that He will not allow temptation that we cannot bear.
If you are struggling with a certain temptation in your life, and God has said that He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to overcome it, can we reach the safe conclusion, then, that you just simply have not overcome it yet?
If it is indeed too much for you, He will make a way of escape. But until then, press on. If the way of escape has not appeared, that means God knows you can overcome.