July 22 Dealing with Temptation

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:11–13

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

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.

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a blazing forest fire. Flames leap from above, rise from below, and dance back and forth on all sides. You are scared, breathless, and certain that all is lost. Then you notice a clear, fire-free path that leads from where you are standing to a spot out of harm’s way. What do you do? Well, you run like crazy down the safe path, of course!

How would you respond to someone who says, “You know, I’d rather just jump headlong into the fire and see what happens”? We would not be able to understand! Why on earth would someone choose to run toward danger and refuse to take advantage of a clear way of escape?

When we face temptation, it is like standing in the middle of a forest fire. Danger beckons from all sides, inviting us to jump into the fray. The problem, though, is that the fire looks inviting in these situations. Not only does the danger seem moot, but it actually appears to be a source of joy.

Joy never results from giving into temptation. Surrendering to the tempter only brings heartache and sin. Fortunately, God has promised that He will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear; He always provides a way of escape. If you would run from fire, then it is only reasonable that you would flee from temptation; the only difference between the two is that temptation is more dangerous.

Lord, Your truth has shown me that yielding to temptation is like willingly running into a forest fire. Give me the strength to turn my back on those things that tempt me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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