Best Verse in the Bible?
Many of us have favorite Bible verses; some even have “life” verses that have helped to shape the direction of their lives. There is certainly not one “best” verse in the Bible but if you are not a normal reader of this blog but clicked on it then my title worked…can you say “click bait”? Anyway, in 1 Corinthians 10 Paul writes what I think is one of the best verses in the Bible that doesn’t mention Jesus or that wasn’t spoken by Jesus. If you and I will accept the truth of this verse, and then live it, we will be changed. Here it is: 13 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. This verse carries with it two important elements, power and promise.
One promise is that there is “nothing new under the sun” as far as temptation is concerned. To make a point from a recent military action, Satan doesn’t have a MOAT in his arsenal…the Mother Of All Temptations. He has no new tricks up his sleeve in regard to temptation. The second promise is that God has His finger on the temptation button. Though God never tempts us to do evil, He is involved to the point where we cannot and will not ever be “overmatched” in the area of temptation. “The Devil made me do it” is not something that the follower of Jesus can ever truly say. Though it may seem like it at times, we are never given more temptation than God can handle through us. That leads me to the “power” part of the promise. In every temptation, God will give us the power to endure or bear the temptation. In some cases that may be to flee the temptation. In other cases it may be to walk with Him through the minefield and rely on Him to guide us through. No matter what, when we face temptation we are able to bear it. That my friends is why I think this is one of the best verses in the Bible.