Will I, Won’t I
Temptation is a fact of life for all of us. As we know, even Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. So, the questions arise: Why are some people able to withstand the temptations while others are not? Why do some people come through temptation unscathed while others are completely
ruined by temptation? I think that we all understand what temptation is.
There is a story told about a little boy in a grocery store that I think illustrates the nature of temptation. The boy was standing near an open box of peanut butter cookies. “Now then, young man,” said the grocer as he approached the young man. “What are you up to?” “Nothing,” replied the boy: “Nothing.” “Well it looks to me like you were trying to take a cookie.” “You’re wrong, mister, I’m trying not to!” That’s temptation! Not wrong in itself, it’s the giving into it that is wrong.
Paul writing to the Corinthians tells them that ‘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.’* So how can we resist being tempted?
It’s through prayer, through storing words of scripture in our hearts, and through the work of
the Holy Spirit, that in moments of temptation, in periods of trial, or in facing sorrows of the heart, we receive that promised help.
*1 Corinthians 10:13