No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man

Posted: December 1, 2009 in encouragement and advice
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1 For aI do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all bunder the cloud and all cpassed through the sea;

2   and all were abaptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3   and all aate the same spiritual food;

4   and all adrank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was 1Christ.

5   Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for athey were laid low in the wilderness.

6 Now these things happened as aexamples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as bthey also craved.

7   Do not be aidolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “bThe people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to cplay.”

8   Nor let us act immorally, as asome of them 1did, and btwenty-three thousand fell in one day.

9   Nor let us try the Lord, as asome of them 1did, and were destroyed by the serpents.

10   Nor agrumble, as some of them 1did, and bwere destroyed by the cdestroyer.

11   Now these things happened to them as an aexample, and bthey were written for our instruction, upon whom cthe ends of the ages have come.

12   Therefore let him who athinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

13   No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and aGod is faithful, who will not allow you to be btempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. [1]

Even when God’s blessings were upon Israel in a powerful and mighty way, Israel complained and doubted God while following Moses to the Promised Land. They still found fault with God by ignoring all God did for them. They allowed their sinful nature and selfishness to blot out the blessings God had given them because they were too focused on themselves. They fell back into sin even as they walked behind Moses who was being led by the Lord. These people witnessed God’s work directly, yet they still complained and rebelled bringing down destruction upon them.

God, in His grace, always gives us a means of escape when temptations to sin enter into our heart and mind. The fact is that we are all sinners by nature, and as Christians, we still have our old sinful nature that wars against God. God will perfect us like Himself when we die, but what about the meantime as we struggle with life? God, in His mercy, has not only given us the Holy Spirit to live within us, to convict us of sin, to comfort us, and to give us peace, but He has limited how we can be tempted by sin. When we sin, it is because of our making the wrong decision and not God’s fault. In other words, God has made a way even when we are tempted, and He has made a way for us to endure it. All we must do is go to Him in prayer, and He will give us victory.

In life many trials, temptations, and hardships will come regardless of what we do. Let us always remember to cast all our cares upon Jesus Who never fails. Jesus will carry us even when we cannot see a way out. By seeking God and desiring Him, we will overcome any affliction and trail by His grace and mercy. Our hardships are only temporary, and many times it is during these hardships we grow closer to Jesus and see His grace. Let us draw close to God and put our focus on Him in the good times and the bad. Let us learn from Israel so that we will always be thankful for the Lord’s salvation and mercy He has given us.


aRom 1:13

bEx 13:21; Ps 105:39

cEx 14:22, 29; Neh 9:11; Ps 66:6

aRom 6:3; 1 Cor 1:13; Gal 3:27

aEx 16:4, 35; Deut 8:3; Neh 9:15, 20; Ps 78:24f; John 6:31

aEx 17:6; Num 20:11; Ps 78:15

1I.e. the Messiah

aNum 14:29ff, 37; 26:65; Heb 3:17; Jude 5

a1 Cor 10:11

bNum 11:4, 34; Ps 106:14

aEx 32:4; 1 Cor 5:11; 10:14

bEx 32:6

cEx 32:19

aNum 25:1ff

1Lit acted immorally

bNum 25:9

aNum 21:5f

1Lit made trial

aNum 16:41; 17:5, 10

1Lit grumbled

bNum 16:49

cEx 12:23; 2 Sam 24:16; 1 Chr 21:15; Heb 11:28

a1 Cor 10:6

bRom 4:23

cRom 13:11

aRom 11:20; 2 Pet 3:17

a1 Cor 1:9

b2 Pet 2:9

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (1 Co 10:1-13). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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