“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations” ~ 2 Peter 2:9
One of the toughest battles we fight is overcoming temptations. We struggle with this issue day in and day out. Everyday our lives are open to temptations. Some take us by surprise. Some others creep up slowly. Whichever way, we find them hard to handle.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘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.’ That’s true. God knows how much each one of us can handle, so He doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond our strength. Infact God readily gives us strength to face the temptation when we look up to Him. In Isaiah 41:10 God says, ‘Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Not only that, but God also provides a way out so that we can stand up under it. There will always be a way out if only we look for it. We cannot play the blame game and point to situations or people saying that they forced us to yield. Responding to a temptation is primarily a matter of our will. We choose how to respond. When we earnestly yearn to overcome the temptations, God will help us by providing a way out.
Dear friend, are you facing a temptation that seems so insurmountable or beyond your capacity to handle that you just feel like giving in? May I encourage you to resolve not to give in to it. God in His love has prepared a way out of that situation for you. Look upto God and He will help you. With God you can overcome!
“Dear Jesus, I look to You for strength to overcome temptations. I believe that You will provide a way out of them for me. Open my eyes to see the way out and to follow You. Amen.”
When faced with a temptation, head for the exit door.