Daily Devotion - January 16, 2023Jan 16, 2023
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. (1 Cor. 10:13)
In my youth, I took comfort from my understanding that this verse taught that there was no struggle in my life that others somewhere in the world did not share. Misery loves company. But that poor-me view does not do justice to the verse.
The apostle’s observation is far more comprehensive. He reminds us that there is no temptation in the world that is not common to us all. No, we have not all murdered or robbed others, but the seed of every sin exists in every heart.
Jealousy, lust, pride, anger, self-righteousness, and greed have roots in all of us. Acknowledging our common vulnerability should stir us to seek God’s pardon, to confess our need with humility, and to seek the power and path of rescue from the One who will always provide a way of escape.
Yes, next time you’re feeling tempted, take comfort because you’re not alone. But, the next time you face someone who has yielded to temptation, replace pride in your righteous resistance with proclamation of Christ’s righteous provision for all who are vulnerable to temptation – including you.
Never will we find power against sin in our pride, but only in the humility that acknowledges our need for spiritual strength from daily grace.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to face the temptations of this day with the thought that I am invulnerable or alone. Please provide the way of escape that I need by turning my heart from pride to seeking you for the daily grace that I – and all others – need, and that you are faithful to supply.