God provides a way out
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ (Matthew 6:13, NASB)
The text represents the last request in the prayer which Jesus taught His disciples to model from. It expresses a petition in asking God to help the disciples to be delivered from evil and the preservation until His kingdom comes. The word “deliver” connotes rescue. When you ask God with sincerity to deliver you form committing sin, He will certainly provide deliverance. God made a promise to provide a way out when we decide to follow Him and not give in to temptation. He wants His children to be victorious as they live the life He gave them. This is also the idea when Jesus urged His disciples to pray so that they will not give in to temptation. “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation” (Mark 14:38). The apostle Paul felt the burden of giving in to his sinful nature that he cried out to God, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin” (Romans 7:24-25). There will be instances that you will give in to temptation not because there is no alternative for God always provide but it is you who allowed yourself to be overcome by your old sinful nature. “And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13). The Apostle Peter also speaks about the deliverance that God provides to those that will ask God with sincerity. “Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9). God is able and is faithful that He will provide deliverance in the present times so He could preserve those that trusted Him for the coming glory of His kingdom.
Noel De Guzman