Words from the Heart for Saturday July 24th, 2021
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
When You are Tempted
This past March, Ontario MPP and NDP Health Critic France Gélinas introduced the Temptation Be Gone Act that allows the government to make regulations that restrict the sales and marketing of certain treats, including restrictions on what can be located right next to the cash register. According to Gélinas, “Marketers know that strategically placing high fat, sugar and sodium foods in those lineups pay off. It’s time to stop tempting Ontario’s consumers to eat more junk food.”
Someone very wisely said that temptation usually comes in through a door that was deliberately left open. All sin begins with temptation, but temptation is not sin – it is that which leads to sin. The problem is that sometimes we enjoy the temptation that faces us. If it wasn’t enticing, we wouldn’t be tempted by it. For example, I find absolutely nothing enticing about liver and onions, but I can’t resist a T-bone steak. This is a somewhat trite example of the important point our Scripture text for today makes. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 we read: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” The Bible is very clear that all have sinned. If that is so, then all of us have experienced temptation – there is no sin without temptation. But there can be temptation without sin. We don’t have to yield when temptation comes knocking. Based on His faithfulness, God promises that He will provide a way out when tempted. Trust Him in this.
These have been words from the heart.