No Temptation Has Overtaken You
"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 the the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13
Ever feel alone when you suffer? No trial, no test of your faith, no affliction, no calamity that you are facing right now is any different from what other's are experiencing. Nothing any of us face is uncommon to man. This is somewhat comforting in the fact that we know someone is experiencing what we experience in times of pain. It if were not so Paul would not have said - "no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man."
If you are reading this and are experiencing hurt of any kind, know this, "God is faithful". Faithful is who God is. He is trustworthy. He is loyal. He is true to His promises and true to His word. This being true, God is not careless. God is not faithless, He is not unfaithful and He is not untruthful.
This is God's promise to us - "he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability." Being that God is loyal and trustworthy and faithful, He will not permit us to be tempted, tried, tested or afflicted beyond our capacity. This also means that God will allow us to be tempted, even though He does not tempt us nor can He, but that God permits us to be tempted. God permitted Satan to tempt Job. God permitted Satan to tempt Jesus. God will allow us also. But remember - it will not be "beyond your ability".
Here is the good news: God knows better than we do how much we can take. Just when we think we can bear no more God allows for more. We think we know how much we can bear, God knows how much we can bear. God does not, nor will He, treat us beyond our ability.
The other promise God gives us is this - "with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape". With every temptation, every affliction, every test that God permits, at the same time, God provides a way out. That is what God does.....He provides.
Three men that knew this were Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego. And they did not even have the New Testament! When they stood trial before King Nebuchadnezzar for not bowing down to a statue and faced with a fiery furnace their reply in Daniel 3:17 was, "if this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king." Their faith in God's ability to deliver them is what compelled them to face death head on. When we believe with such great faith that God is able to deliver, regardless of what may come against us or who, then, nothing can overcome us.
Why would God not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability? Why would God provide a way of escape with every temptation? Answer - "that you may be able to endure it." In faithfulness, God gives us those two promises, He will not tempt us beyond our ability and He will provide an escape, so that we will "endure". God is not interested in our failure, He is interested in our success. But no success comes without pain.