(Does God Select Our Temptations?) Bible Question
“Does 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13 teach that God selects the temptations that will confront us? What about the passage in Job 1:10?”
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.“
– 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13 (New American Standard Bible)
The passage in Job chapter 1 records the argument of Satan to God with regard to Job. . .
“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.”
– Job 1:10 (New American Standard Bible)
Both passages point to the fact that God offers protection to those who serve Him. God does not select the temptation for us.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13).
But God does allow us to be tempted (as the account of Job shows) by the devil. But God limits Satan’s power, as both passages above show. When we depart from the Lord, we may find we will deny Him as Peter did (Matthew 26:69 – 75). We cannot live for the desires of the world and expect God’s protection in temptation.
How is the “way of escape” provided? Read in Psalm 119:11, 12. . .
“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
Only when we devote ourselves to learning and doing the will of God does He provide the way of escape from temptation. For the Christian (one who constantly lives for God), look at the assurance of 1 John 1:7, “if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
The Lord promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). When we “walk in the light” of God, we have the constant presence of Jesus Christ and the constant cleansing of His blood. This is what makes it possible for us to “be faithful until death” (Revelation 2:10b). Without the help and power of God, constantly, we couldn’t make it.
One of the great lessons in Job is that God will not allow Satan to overwhelm us with more than we can handle. As we serve the Lord, His promise is that no temptation will be stronger than His power in us can handle.