Common To Man

The bible gives us several warnings as to how to behave and what we should avoid. Paul uses Israel’s history as a warning to the believers of his day, and these warnings are still true for us today. In first Corinthians 10 verses 12 through 13 it says:

"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."

So, a warning and an encouragement. Have you ever been there? Tempted in a clear area of weakness at a point where you know you are headed for a fall? But somehow, God provides a way out - a way to be victorious. At that point, it is up to us whether to choose his deliverance or to succumb to the temptation. Paul warns us that no man is beyond falling. It doesn’t matter how great your track record is when it comes to sin, any of us can fall. But he also encourages us that God is faithful, and in those moments when we are sure to fail, God will provide a way out because he will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. So remember, no matter how strong or weak you think you are, anyone can fall or succeed because we are still flesh, yet at the same time, God is will provide a way out.


Concerning sin: Do not think that you are so strong in the faith that you are beyond falling but also know that God has your back when you are in over your head. That is a great encouragement to every believer. It should help us to be humble when we think we have it all figured out, but also to lean on Jesus when temptation seems to have us cornered. I hope you and I never forget this truth from the scriptures.