The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1 Corinthians 10:13
I don’t think God is referring to my Dairy Queen temptation. As hard as I try to avoid giving in to Peanut Butter Blizzards, I cave every time. But I can attest to the reality of God bringing an alternative choice to my mind every time a serious temptation comes my way. Maybe you also remember the split second thought that pops into your head when you are about to make a bad choice. There is a short window of clarity that your plan is not God pleasing and you see what you should probably do instead. That is His “way out” for us from temptation, and He is faithful to help us think of it. The problem is many times we push past His way out and instead embrace the way that feels good to us.
The reality is the temptation is not the sin. Its what we do with the temptation that we are held accountable for. Next time temptation comes, purpose to listen for His way out. He wants us to endure. I’m thankful for His protection.
Lord, please help me pause and recognize the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit pointing out the escape route for me against the temptations that will come my way. Give me the strength to listen to the wisdom of choosing the better path and thank you for saving me from myself!