6 These things were examples for us, so we won’t crave evil things like they did. 7 Don’t worship false gods like some of them did, as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink and they got up to play. 8 Let’s not practice sexual immorality, like some of them did, and twenty-three thousand died in one day. 9 Let’s not test Christ, like some of them did, and were killed by the snakes. 10 Let’s not grumble, like some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer. 11 These things happened to them as an example and were written as a warning for us to whom the end of time has come. 12 So those who think they are standing need to watch out or else they may fall. 13 No temptation has seized you that isn’t common for people. But God is faithful. He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities. Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:6-13, CEB)
I always struggle with passages like this, because we all want to say that God doesn’t test us, or tempt us.
But look at Jesus being led into the wilderness, each gospel says it was the Spirit that led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Not the Spirit didn’t tempt Jesus, but the Spirit took Jesus there.
And we pray in the Lord’s prayer, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Don’t tempt us but if we get there deliver us from evil or the evil one. Which is really what this passages says. Do not rely on your own understanding but put you trust in God because when you stumble God will be there with a way out.
God is always with us, to guide and help us.
Love People, Love God.