13c But will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, three major divine promises are given to comfort and to strengthen Christians who are encountering temptations and trials in their lives. The first promise is that God would not permit any temptation that is uncommon to man to befall His people. The second promise is that our faithful God will not allow us to be tempted above that we are able. The third promise is the focus of our devotion today; it assures us that along with the temptation, God will make a way for us to escape so that it will not be unbearable to us. At times, believers might encounter very sore and overwhelming temptations and trials, but the Lord will deliver them from being overpowered and overcome.
Amidst our temptations and trials, the Lord shall be most tender and affectionate towards us. He will be paying attention to our peculiar struggles and challenges. He promises us that He will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able. As Psalm 103:14 tells us, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” So, being our faithful God, He would never let temptations that are disproportionate to our strength to overtake us.
Nonetheless, we have known of believers who have foolishly walked into great temptations and troubles. Consider Lot, for instance. He went and resided in Sodom, a city of great wickedness. He lost his family to the wickedness of that city. Yet, the apostle Peter tells us that God “delivered just Lot”, who was “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked” (2 Peter 2:7). On Lot’s part, many careless and foolish choices were made; but on God’s part, His faithfulness and mercy in rescuing His child who had wandered far into a land of temptations and dangers, is instructive.
Even though we may feel that we are almost trounced by temptations and trials, God will provide “a way to escape”. God Himself will see to it that we are delivered from our temptations and trials. He will come to their aid with a divinely devised escape. He is like a faithful shepherd who looks out for his wandering sheep to deliver them from all perils that lurk around them.
Beloved, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2 Peter 2:9). In every trial, God prepares a way out for His children.