“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. 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 (NLT)
“I’m just having a good time,” she said. “What’s wrong with it?”
I wish I could have put a movie in her hands, one that would reveal one week, one month, five years down the road.
Somehow my friend couldn’t see what others noticed so easily. That the intentional choices she was making were going to lead her on a path of destruction. She said it felt good. She said it made her feel things she hadn’t felt in a long time.
But it was also making her ordinary life, the life that she would miss one day when it was no longer hers, feel like a burden. Things she once treasured were overshadowed, and eventually shattered.
Have you ever been tempted and felt justified in giving way to it?
To flirt. What is the harm?
To share private thoughts. No one listens to me at home.
To take a risk. No one will find out.
I remember a time that I lay beside my husband. He was unhappy at work and the unhappiness had changed him. Joy had slipped away and left a silent partner in its place.
I was tempted.
To frustration over what I could not fix.
My negative emotions simmered. But I knew, if left to themselves, they could take my heart to a place of discontentment. I’d seen the results of allowing temptation to grow, and I knew something had to change. That night I wrapped my arms around my sleeping husband and prayed for him. Then I prayed for me. “Father, change my heart. Give me compassion. Help me to love him through this difficult time. Show me what to do.”
Maybe, like me, you might look at a friend who has given in to temptation and say, “That would never happen to me.”
But we are no different. No one is immune from temptation. To think that way is to forget who tempts us, and why.
Satan desires to harm not just us, but those we love. It is often only after we sit in devastation that we recognize the enemy was leading us away from all that matters most.
The good news is – we are offered a way out.
The night I lay beside my husband, God led me to Himself. To prayer. And that prayer led to hope. Eventually my husband and I took a step. . .together. In the process the man I loved, had always loved, returned and our marriage re-ignited.
Are you in the crossroads of temptation today?
Stop. There’s a different choice and a different path you can take.
The first day they go fishing, but don't catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, on the third day, and so on. Finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish.
As they're driving home, depressed... one guy turns to the other and asks, "Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us $2000?"
The other guy says, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"