Temptation truly tests us. Whether it’s passing up an extra slice of chocolate cake, following through on something we don’t really feel like doing (but know we ought to do), or turning away from something we clearly see as sinful, we all face such challenging decisions.
OK, don’t answer that. The mere mention might tempt the rest of us. Who is beyond the reach of temptation? Even our Lord was tempted, when He walked upon our planet. (See Matthew 4: 1-11.)
But God is able to help us to stand in the face of temptation. And, if we look closely, we might notice an alternate path we can take.
Here’s today’s Bible promise, and it’s a great one.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB)
How does God provide a way of escape from temptation?
Maybe we stop and make a clear choice. Sometimes, we have a chance to step out of a situation, right before things grow too chancy. Often, we may find ourselves delayed or interrupted, just in the nick of time. We can take the break, or stick around to sin.
Ever had the doorbell ring or cell phone buzz, as you stood at the edge of sin’s proverbial cliff? That’s gotta be God.
Not to sound flippant or trite, but I have to move my computer off the kitchen counter now, so I won’t have to work in the shadow of a plateful of fresh-baked cookies. I already sampled one, and it’s not even lunchtime yet.
That may sound like a small victory, but it’s a start.
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