First Corinthians 10:13 and My Life So Far

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 with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor 10:13 (ESV)

To me this tells me that I do not suffer alone, no matter what things may seem like. My troubles may differ from the next person, and may be unique in history, but the temptations of life, such as giving up trying, or giving in to mindless pleasure-seeking, are common to all. It is these temptations that I believe the verse is pointed at. I will describe two of mine: one is giving up on life entirely, which I find understandable given how much life has made me suffer over the years, and the temptations of fantasy, both sexual and non-sexual. In all these I have found a way forwards that is both scripturally sound to my satisfaction, and which leads to a quality of life that I can settle for. I have trusted in some kind of God, and the some-kind-of-God I have trusted in has more and more come to resemble the God of the Bible: hence my Christian faith.

I have a logical nature, and I can be utterly pedantic about things should I feel the need. For me this way of being is an absolute necessity, but for many others it would be a foolish waste of time. Understanding how different our lives can be, and how little we know about each others' lives and troubles is one of the lessons of Matt 7:1, but that is for another time. Here that logical nature is one of God's tools for helping me, for if God can show me a way, by any means, that appears logical enough for me to trust in times of trouble, I can follow that way with a clear conscience. Others are different, and think differently, but God knows us all, and treats us according to who we are, not necessarily who we appear to be to others. God alone, however, is in a position to do this, and we must just trust God in this regard.

To be continued...

Doctor John Allsup from Exeter