“then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials (temptations).”
- II Peter 2:9a
Every day sin is an option. Every situation presents two paths: do things according to God’s will as revealed through Scripture or do things according to my own will. As one of my camp directors once stated, “There are two options on the shelf – pleasing God or pleasing self.”
Temptation comes and makes sin alluring to the Christian. It makes sin a viable option and will make it seem more rewarding and fulfilling than what God can give us. And sin seeks to weave deceit in every area of life – relationships, finances, education, religion, ministries, etc.
So if sin has a constant presence in every area of life, is extremely deceiving, and always leads to destruction, how then can a Christian find victory? How can a Christian bear this kind of pressure?
There is only one way.
God alone delivers His people from temptation. He alone knows how to bring His children out of darkness to His light of eternal life (I Peter 2:9). If you’re a Christian, there is no temptation that Jesus can’t give you the victory over (I Corinthians 10:13).
The Lord knows how to deliver you from temptation and the destruction that sin brings. How does He do it? One way is to trust His Word. It’s a lamp to your feet and a light to your path so that you won’t sin against Him (in other words, you won’t give in to temptation) (Psalm 119:11, 105).
We can’t trust ourselves to deliver us from evil. But we can completely trust God, for He knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation.