The Way of Escape - 1 Corinthians 10:13

Verse of the Day - Day 49

1 Corinthians 10:13 - The Way of Escape
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Today's Bible Verse:

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: The Way of Escape

Temptation is something we all face as Christians, no matter how long we have been following Christ. But with every temptation also comes God's way of escape. As the verse reminds us, God is faithful. He will always make a way out for us. He won't allow us to be tested and tempted beyond our ability to resist.

God loves his children. He's not a distant spectator merely watching us fumble along through life. He cares about our affairs, and he doesn't want us to be overcome by sin. God wants us to win our battles against sin because he's interested in our well being.

Remember, God is not tempting you. He himself tempts no one:

When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone." (James 1:13, NIV)

The problem is, when we are faced with temptation, we aren't looking for the escape route. Maybe we like our secret sin, and we don't truly want God's help. Or, we sin simply because we don't remember to search for the way out that God has promised to provide.

Are You Looking for God's Help?

Caught eating cookies, a toddler explained to his mother, "I just climbed up to smell them, and my tooth got stuck." The little child hadn't yet learned to look for the way of escape. But if we truly want to stop sinning, we will learn how to look for God's help.

When tempted, learn the lesson of the dog. Anyone who has trained a dog to obey knows this scene. A bit of meat or bread is placed on the floor near the dog, and the master says, “No!” which the dog knows means that he must not touch it. The dog will usually take his eyes off the food, because the temptation to disobey would be too great, and instead will fix his eyes on the master’s face. That is the lesson of the dog. Always look to the Master’s face. 1

One way to view temptation is to consider it a test. If we keep our eyes trained on Jesus Christ, our Master, we will have no trouble passing the test and avoiding the tendency to sin.

When you are face to face with temptation, instead of giving in, stop and look for God's escape route. Count on him to help you. Then, run as fast as you can.

(Source: 1 Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (p. 372). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.)