I love oatmeal and raisin cookies. They must be good for you because they have oatmeal and raisins. But I am trying to resist the temptation, and remain steadfast to my diet. But for some people, temptation is a moment by moment battle.
The Bible says, “There has no tempation overtaken you, but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond the point of saying ‘No’, and will with the temptation provide a way of escape.” (I Cor. 10:13). Look at the promises in that passage. God is faithful.
Let’s unppack that verse a moment. It seems satan is so busy tempting people, that he doesn’t have time to dream up new temptations. That does not mean every single person faces every single temptation. It does mean, that there is nothing new under the sun, and we are not the only ones being tempted by whatever stirs our appetites. While God does not tempt anyone, we learn from the story of Job, that He allows Satan to tempt us. But He never allows us to be tempted to a point that overcomes our will to say “No”. We can always say, “No”. And He always provides a door of escape for us to walk through.
Some things do not tempt me. I am not tempted to smoke cigarettes. My Dad died from lung cancer, and I never have understood the fascination with it. Yes, as a teenage boy, I tried one or two. But I never liked them. Someone said, “It is an acquired taste.” But the question is, “Why would I want to acquire such a taste.” Now too many oatmeal cookies, key lime pie, or chocolate pound cake. I am tempted all day long.
I don’t know what Satan may tempt you with, but remember that God will draw a line of limitation on that temptation, and He ALWAYS provides a way for you to escape.