Winning Over Temptation

When you are tempted, he
will also provide a way out.
    —1 Corinthians 10:13

The temptations of Adam and Jesus were vastly different.

First, Adam was not deprived of food for even one day. Jesus, on the other hand, was denied food for forty days (Lk 4:2).

Second, trees heavy with fruit permeated Adam’s garden, and he was “free to eat from any tree in the garden”—except one (Gn 2:16, 17). Nary a nourishing sapling was to be found in the wasteland Jesus inhabited.

Third, Adam was living in paradise when he was tempted. Jesus was living in a terrifying wilderness with wild animals (Mk 1:12).

Our temptations, too, are minor compared to the assault on Jesus. Even so, God comes to our rescue: “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. . . . he will also provide a way out” (1 Cor 10:13).

God provides a way out.
Don’t give in.

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