Next Sunday (Feb 17th) we hear God's promise about temptation: 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 that you can stand up under it (1 Cor. 10:13).
Talk of temptation goes down deep and murky. Those uncomfortable preceding verses in 1 Cor 10 warn of failures in Israel's history - fatal consequences of giving in to temptation. Yet, God makes this promise. The Expositor's Bible Commentary describes verse 13:
one of the most helpful verses in the New Testament and presents the great antidote to falling into sin through temptation. Petrasmos, "trial" or "temptation" is not in itself sinful...the temptations that come to the Christian are those all human beings face - they are unavoidable. But, God is right there with us to keep us from being overwhelmed by the temptation."
Have you been tempted to give in or give up, and found God delivered this promise? As I prepare I should value your prayers and your stories.