God does not leave us to struggle on our own. He knows we are fallen man, “stranded in some skin and bones.”
Some say we are never given more than we can bear. It really isn’t true. That’s not an accurate quote of the text.
But it does say we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear.
If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 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. ~1 Corinthians 10:12-13
Sometimes it doesn’t feel that is true either. Sometimes it feels the temptation is too great; it’s beyond our ability to choose otherwise. But God says it’s not. God says we can choose not to sin. God says He will provide a way out.
But we protest, “You just don’t know what it was like for me.” We make excuses for our lack of self-control.
When I was pregnant with my first baby I could not imagine the experience of childbirth. I was scared to death, as most new mothers are, wondering how I would ever endure the pain of giving birth. At some point it dawned on me that billions of women have gone through this and lived to tell about it. I can endure what is common to wo-man.
In the same way, we are not tempted beyond what others have been able to overcome. We choose to give in when we want what we want, more than we want God. No temptation is new to mankind…that includes you and me. We don’t want to hear that others have overcome. But the scripture says they have…and we can too.
I like the way the Message says it:
No test or temptation that comes your way
is beyond the course of what others have had to face.
All you need to remember is that God will never let you down;
He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit;
He’ll always be there to help you come through it.
No more excuses, Michelle!
When we are weak, He is strong.