In Kate’s post “If your Happy and you know it, Look Out” she did a great job talking about how temptation can hit us just when things are going well in our marriage. I wanted to dive a bit deeper specifically for husbands wondering how we should handle temptation that comes our way!
A few months back I attended a funeral for the parent of a friend of mine. At the end of the service I was making my way through the very long receiving line when I heard it, the most misquoted verse in the Bible! It can be found at almost every funeral and tragedy! Someone always tells the grief stricken family “God is with you, remember he will never give you more then you can handle!” There are two problems with this statement. First, it is a total misunderstanding of the scripture, and second it always sounds somehow accusatory, like telling the person to, “buck up and get over it. God said you could handle it!” But our society’s rudeness and fear of death is another subject entirely so I will get back on topic.
The scripture the “nice” person is quoting is actually 1 Corinthians 10:13, but what they are missing is the word tempted. “… God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (NKJV) It doesn’t say that nothing bad will ever happen, or that you will be able to handle it when bad does happen. Sorry those are not God’s promises! But don’t despair, because contained in this verse are three very important promises from God. Promises that every man should carry in his heart at all times!
1. Temptation will come!
Feel bold? Share a victory in the comments. Share a time when you were feeling tempted and God showed you the exit ramp!