1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
It is scary how quickly things can creep up on us. We are so often unaware of dangerous temptations lurking about until it is too late. This is why we need to always be on our guard.
Today I rode my bike to work. When I was on my way home, the bike path was completely free and clear as I pedaled along, leisurely engaged in my thoughts. When I got to the intersection where I needed to turn onto our road, a booming voice behind me suddenly erupted, “I’m behind you!” My heart lurched in my chest, the bike wobbled, and I almost fell to the ground.
Usually oncoming bikers give a little bit of warning, but this person silently approached like a cat on a mouse and didn’t make his presence known until he was directly behind me. I have no idea how long he was there, but it certainly was a surprise. I’m sure my loud outburst startled him, too.
It caused me to think of today’s Bible verse, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” How often we feel that we are completely protected when it comes to temptation. There are certain things that no one ever believes will cause them to fall, but it is dangerous to assume that your path is free and clear. God’s word says that all temptation is fair game and can sneak up on anyone who is not paying attention.
Thankfully, God is faithful. He promises to keep His children from being tempted beyond what they are able to endure. He will always provide a way to escape if we will only take it. Often the best way to withstand is to RUN! Don’t stick around when confronted with a bad idea. Protect yourself by choosing good friends who will warn you if they see any danger approaching. When an ungodly thought crosses the mind, immediately squelch it by replacing it with wholesome thoughts. When an inappropriate idea tickles the brain, think of the consequences, submit to God’s way, and resist the devil. If you do this, he will turn and ride the other direction.
Above all, always be prepared and alert. Don’t ride through life mindlessly pedaling along while thinking you are free and clear. As soon as you do, an unthinkable temptation will silently overtake you. Before you know it your heart will be pounding, your will-power will start shaking, and you just may fall off your bike.