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 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
David looked at the emergency exit door and smiled. He adjusted himself in his seat as he thought of what he was about to do. The shady dealings of the company he worked for turned his stomach. For months, he tried to pretend he wasn’t involved, but the “bonus” checks going into this bank account accused him of condoning the actions. It was definitely tempting to keep the money. It would alleviate a lot of financial issues in his life … but he knew it would cost him too much.
When his boss sat down across from him at the conference room table, David pushed a check for the total amount of bonuses he’d received, along with his resignation letter toward him. He prayed under his breath as he watched like a bystander as the scene played out just as he imagined. His boss exploded in anger, called security and then took David’s badge, laptop and his company credit card. Without another word, the guard escorted him to his car.
As David drove out of the parking garage, he thought about what God had impressed upon him while sitting in the conference room. As soon as he had committed to integrity, God helped him endure and provided him the emergency exit he needed in the form of a new job opportunity.
Our verse today gives you courage to escape from whatever temptation you face. God always provides an emergency exit. When faced with temptation, remember you are not alone; everyone is faced with temptation. Others have resisted temptation, and you can too. Jesus was tempted (see Matthew 4:1-11).
If you feel trapped, God has made a way out. Begin to ask God to show you the open door He has for you. Trust God while you stand firm and resist temptation.
Here are 5 ways He will help you resist temptation.
- Identify the areas in your life that you are prone to be tempted by.
- Recognize the people that can easily pull you into sin.
- Run quickly from anything you know is wrong.
- Pray for God’s help.
- Choose spiritual accountability partners who love you and will help you walk through the emergency exit.
Today’s One Thing
The key to victory over any temptation is to remove yourself from the temptation. Look at the five steps above. Which action do you need to take today? If you aren’t in a tempting situation, ask the Lord who you can pray for or offer guidance to those who may be looking for an emergency exit.