August 14, 2013


We live in a world that is filled with temptations. To be tempted is not a sin. Jesus was tempted three times by Satan in the wilderness, and He didn't sin. What did He do when He was tempted? He turned to the Word of God, and resisted the temptations rebuking Satan. Jesus is our example.

Temptations reach us through the gateways of our senses: eye gate, ear gate, nose gate, mouth gate, etc. There are even temptations that arise from within, out of our sinful heart. In this high tech 21st century, temptations have become so much more accessible. The temptations are not new, but they come in a more attractive and disguised format.

The Lord's Prayer has the well known petition: And lead us not into temptation. This does not suggest that the Lord would ever be guilty of tempting us, but it is a plea for help when in temptation. The petition continues: but deliver us from evil. This is not a request for the removal of temptations, but it is a cry for help to overcome the temptation. Temptations are a test of our faith, and even serve to strengthen faith. A tree that is exposed to the wind grows stronger roots than a tree that is sheltered from the wind.

There are temptations and behaviors that people under affliction are especially vulnerable to: the tendency to feel sorry for oneself, to be angry and have the 'why me' attitude, to take frustrations out on loved ones and caregivers, to be self - centered, demanding, and ungrateful. I am guilty of all of these sins at one time or another.

Special grace is needed during seasons of affliction, and the Lord is very willing to provide that grace. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (I Corinthians 12:9)


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this encouraging words!
    Jes. 41:10 Vrees niet, want IK ben met u; zijt niet verbaasd, want IK ben uw God; IK sterk u, ook help IK u, ook ondersteun IK u met de rechterhand Mijner gerechtigheid!
    Van een meelevende lezer uit Holland, verbonden in Christus!