Trial hath not taken you、 save such as man can bear; Faithful moreover is God、 who will not suffer you to be tried above what ye are able, But will make with the trial also the way of escape that ye may be able to hold out.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, EMPH)

The Emphasized Bible does a good job of keeping the Greek word order here so that we see how Paul contrasts “trial” with “faithful.”

The word “trial” [also translated “temptation”] is an interesting one.  Sometimes it is used in reference to God bringing a trial, and others to Satan bringing a trial/temptation.  What is the difference?  I’m glad you didn‘t asked. The Zodhiates Complete Word Study Bible helps us out here.  It reads:

When God is the agent, peirasmós [trial/temptation] is for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil who tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall.

The point that Paul seems to be making is this:

  1. Trials we will indeed have in this life, but that is not the end of the story.
  2. Faithful is God in the midst of our trials.

It’s a good thing God is faithful in our trials.  He stands in direct contrast to the pagan notion of the gods which were basically more powerful men with all of the same evil and sinful attitudes and appetites’ they were capricious, power-hungry, and self-centered.  God is the opposite of capricious.  His character doesn’t change and he is marked by mercy and compassion rather than evil and oppression.

Whether our trials come from God to test us, or from Satan to try and cause us to fall, the strong foundation that we have is an unchanging God who loves us with unshakeable love and wants to help us hold out against our temptations and trials.