“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 the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13
Temptation is a daily part of life, unfortunately. Some days there are more temptations than other days, and some temptations are stronger than others. Some temptations are for minor things … like complaining … and others are for major things that are easier to recognize.
I memorized the above verse when I was in the 10th grade, and it has come to mind on a regular basis since. It has been a real encouragement to me when I have felt overwhelmed, and the Lord has proven Himself time and time again. Recently, we were assigned this verse for memorization in the Bible Study that I am going through, using the book Growing Strong in God’s Family. (Tyranny of the Urgent is another post referencing this study.)
I had the verse written out on a 3 x 5 card in my Bible along with the other memory verses for the study. Yesterday, one of my children was lamenting the fact that temptations can sometimes be very difficult to overcome, and I was able to pull out the card and give it to the child. I need to also pass it along to the rest of the children. I hope that it will be as much of an encouragement to them in their lives as it has been to me!
The opportunity to pass along a meaningful scripture yesterday further illustrated the point to me that it is important for me to be modeling a quiet time and scripture memorization for my children. I know that it meant a whole lot more to the child receiving the verse yesterday that I had pulled it out from my Bible rather than having to go look it up and suggesting that it be written out. It was obvious that the verse meant something to me more than just a platitude to pass along. I just wish that I had been more faithful with my quiet time and memorization earlier, but it’s never too late. I pray that the Lord will help me to be more faithful from here on out!