TEMPTATIONS OF THIS LIFE

          In 1 Cor.10:13, the apostle Paul says, “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.”

          Isn’t this a wonderful promise?  Here the apostle Paul, by the inspiration of God, tells us that we will never be tempted in any unique way; that whatever temptation we face has been faced before and not only faced but overcome.  He promises further that God will not allow the forces of Satan to tempt us beyond our ability to overcome; that with every temptation that is placed before us, a way will be provided to escape that temptation.  This being true, we wonder why so many members of the church are caught up in Satan’s web and overcome.  The answer is found in the fact that those who are overcome do not really look for the path of escape.  God has never promised to take us by the hand and lead us through life.  He expects us to use a little common judgment in the first place, and then he expects us to look to Him for guidance.  You can be sure that any time a child of God is caught up in temptations and overcome; he did not try very hard to avoid it.  Whenever you drive past a bar, God is not going to lock your car door so that you cannot get out, neither is he going to bar the door of the liquor joint so that you cannot get in.  Whenever young people are out together, God is not going to physically restrain them from doing whatever they might decide to do, from sniffing glue to committing fornication.  God is not going to force members of the church to pattern their lives after godliness and Christianity.  If a boy or a girl is determined to have their tongue pierced, God is not going to stop them from doing so.  If a girl is determined to expose herself to the world, God is not going to cover her nakedness.  He expects us to avoid temptations and refrain from things that lead to unrighteousness as much as possible, and he has promised that he will never leave us nor forsake us.  

          Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.”  However, the Bible, which is a storehouse of wisdom and our guide from earth to heaven, is too often left unread.  And the avenue of prayer is too often used only when we want something special from God.  Therefore, if Satan overcomes you, don’t blame God; he is still there, anxious to help if you will only do your part.