Life's Temptations

Nick Nieblas

"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."  I Corinthians 10:13

Early every morning, my 3-year old daughter Lael wakes up rather upset that she is not in bed with mommy and daddy.  So she finds her way to our room and climbs into bed with us.  Mira quickly follows suit, but I have to get up and bring her into our bed since she is in her crib.  This morning was no different.  Much like every morning, our sanctuary of sleep is infiltrated by the toddler squad, and the troops get hungry.

Yesterday, Lael left to the kitchen to retrieve some sustenance and we heard her say something odd.  She said, "Daddy, there's a bird in the house."  "What?" I replied.  "There's a bird in the house."  "Where in the house?"  "In the kitchen."  So I get up, arm myself with a broom and prepare for this undeniably epic confrontation.

The bird flew around the corner and into the bathroom.  The bathroom is directly across from the back door, so I was hoping that if the door were to have been open, that he would have left our nest and flown away.  That wasn't the case.  Despite the fact that sunlight was coming in, and with the hope of freedom, the bird deemed it better to smack itself repeatedly into the bathroom mirror, the shower door, and the frosted bathroom window. 

There is clearly a way to freedom; clearly a way out of this lavatory prison; clearly a way not to be trapped. 

I stood firm and unrelenting.  Does the bird not resemble us?  How often do we find ourselves entrenched in sin and struggling to escape its jaws only to realize that the ability to flee is ours?  Paul told Timothy, "But you, man of God, flee from all of this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness."  (I Timothy 6:11)

God wants us to pursue a life that's pleasing to Him; a life filled with His joy.  God is faithful to show us a way out, but so often we would much rather throw our bodies against a mirror, wall, or window repeatedly rather than seeing what it is what God has for us.  Often times, God will have us to make a ruckus in our lives with His proverbial broom just to get our attention. 

When we struggle, we should seek God.  We are more inclined to sin more than we are to seek Him.  So, how can we, when entrenched in sin, find our way out?  Let's seek God.


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