One of the verses in the Bible that gives great comfort is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with each temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” This passage applies to those who are enduring struggles and well as those who are enduring temptations. In context, we see that 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 tells us that although the entire Nation of Israel received God’s blessings and protections in leaving Egypt, God was displeased with most of them and they died in the wilderness. The writer then lists off many of the sins that destroyed the Israelites: idolatry (v. 7), sexual immorality (v. 8), resisting Christ (v. 9) from Numbers 21:5, and complaining about Christ’s blessings (v.10) from Exodus 17:7. In each case, many died but some were saved.
Something that is interesting here is that God had the power to bring Israel through the wilderness without any troubles or trials. But Israel was allowed to have issues because they needed to grow as a nation and to increase their faith. God wanted the people to endure the hunger, thirst, temptations, and troubles so that they would learn to have faith and trust him in the face of these difficulties, but they instead rebelled, complained and questioned God. Now the next verse says: “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction. The Israelites failed in many ways: idolatry, immorality, and a lack of faith during trials. All of these failures are in view in verses 11-13. With that in mind, look again at the verse we are studying: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with each temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
This verse applies to any temptation, trial or test. So if a child of God is facing some threatening situation or a temptation to sin or any kid of trial, this verse is a source of great comfort. God is allowing your life to unfold in this way so that you can grow and show your faith in him. Someone might ask, “Well, what does it mean we are not given more than we can bear?” is that not another way of saying what Paul says in Romans 8:31-39? Nothing will come along that is so strong that a child of God cannot endure it and be lost. Whatever you face right now is intended to give you an opportunity to show your faith. But God is with you and will take care of you. What an awesome blessing!