No temptation

1 Corinthians-10-13

Revised and re-posted from a year ago, the Verse of the Day for January 18, 2017 speaks of our response to “life’s temptations,” as mentioned in the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible:

1 Corinthians 10:13:

For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.

The New Living Translation put it this way:

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.

Here is the rendering in the New Revised Standard Version:

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Logos Research Systems speak of “temptations” not in the limited sense of allurements to sin, but trials or distresses of any kind which test and purify the Christian character. . . . Every possible trial to the child of God is a masterpiece of strategy of the Captain of his salvation for his good.”

A similar expression is used in James 1:2-4 (KJV):

2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The expression “divers temptations” can be translated the testing or proving of your faith, In Romans 5:3 we learn that tribulation, another word for temptation, works patience, and patience experience.

In James 1:12 (NLT) we learn that those who patiently endure trials or “temptations” will be rewarded. A “crown of life” awaits the individual who endures trials while carrying out the purposes of God’s plan:

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

While reflecting upon “temptations” as trials or tests, this poem written from the perspective of a “student/teacher” came to mind:

All Tests

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and

challenges come at you from all sides.” [The Message]

 James 1:2

 

With zeal we make our calling and election sure,

As we attempt to complete yet another test.

As ever eager students, we will do our best.

You promised good to us, your Word our hope secure.

Search us and know us—discern that our motives are pure.

Our souls now anchored in hope; in you we find rest.

You are our light, even when times seem their darkest.

As a patient father who seeks to reassure

Children, so the Master Teacher shows His design:

All tests are formed not to punish but to refine.

Despite shortcomings and failures that we have made,

You are gracious and generous each time you grade.

With each assignment, we seek to excel, not just pass,

But graduate with honors, the first in our class.

The temptations or tests or trials that we encounter are common to humanity, as we learn to patiently endure. Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various temptations or fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

From the CD “Thank God for Jazz” Tony Monaco offers a jazz vocal interpretation of 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

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