Transformed in My Spiritual Health
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
Have you ever been so tempted to do something that you felt it was inevitable? Maybe a situation presented itself in such a way that something you knew was wrong felt very right. Or, you may have felt such overwhelming temptation that resistance seemed impossible. The truth is, we are all going to face temptation, probably every day.
Will we tell the truth when given the chance to lie and make ourselves look better? Will we be honest about the $20 bill we found on the ground? Will we give in to the habit that seems like it will never let us go, or will we seek help? We will all be tempted, but there’s good news: we don’t have to give in.
Today’s verse promises that any time we are tempted, God will provide a way out. The problem too often is that when faced with temptation we forget to look for the God’s escape route. The way out may be to call a friend who can keep you accountable. It may be to memorize Bible verses to call to mind in the time of temptation. It may be to get up and walk – or run – out of a tempting situation. The key is to be aware of the way out that God gives you.
Today when you are tempted, stop for a moment and look around. Ask God where the escape route is, then choose to follow it.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)