God carefully measures the length and intensity of all our temptations.

Power to Overcome:
God’s Promise – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 10:14-17

Key Verse: 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.

From yesterday’s devotional we have seen that God has limited the scope of temptations the devil can use against us and that God is always faithful to us.  The third truth from this wonderful promise is that God matches the strength of the temptation to our strength.  There will never be a time or event that the devil can tempt you beyond the level of strength within you!

            This third truth means that you never have to fall to temptation!  Let me use an illustration from the golfing world.  A professional golfer has a professional caddie.  This trained caddie is required to know the golfer’s ability with each golf club in his bag.  He knows exactly how far this golfer can hit the ball with any one of the clubs in his bag.  Thus, when they stand together facing a certain distance needed to get to the green, the caddie can suggest the proper club for that distance.  Though a caddie is far from perfect in his judgment, we have a God who is perfect in His judgment.  God knows each of us intimately, understanding our limitations in every situation.  With this perfect judgment, he measures the strength and intensity of each temptation He allows to come our way.  We can always win over temptation if we choose to.  God has deemed it so!

            Finally, with every temptation, God provides a way out.  In other words, there will always be a person to help us or a thought that directs us or a circumstance that develops that helps us win!

Father, I praise you for the promise to me that guarantees my victory over temptation as I choose to trust it.  I will walk in obedience today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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