Most temptations come with a command: you must do this. Just like satan made Eve focus on the one tree she couldn’t have, he tempts us with the one thing that we think we must have. His traps are to trick us into what appears to be good but would lead us astray. In addition to obvious enticements, like being tempted to marry the wrong person or take the wrong job; some temptations are more opaque.
A story I read illustrates our response to temptation. At a market, a little boy standing by some candy looked like he was going to put some into his pocket and walk out the door. A clerk watched the boy for a long time, and finally spoke to him. “Looks like you’re trying to take some candy” the clerk said. The boy replied, “You’re wrong, sir. I’m trying not to.”
We must be quick to recognize temptation and protect ourselves from it by running to the Lord. If we try to justify our desire for what we know is wrong, we begin wanting it more and move closer to biting the bait. It is Jesus we must focus on. God is faithful and enables us to bear the enticement by leading us to a better way, His, from glory to glory!
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.”Satan's traps are to trick us into what appears to be good but would lead us astray. Click To Tweet