“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”James 1:12
I am not aware of a person alive who has not been tempted in some way. Even our Lord was tempted by the devil. It is not sin to be tempted, but it is sin when we succumb to the temptation. The devil knows exactly which worm to put on our hook, and he enjoys fishing for our demise.
Rebekah once cooked a large pork loin for dinner. The roast required a long, slow cook and cool down and we were not willing to wait. Hunger overtook us and we decided to get something to eat and eat the roast for lunch and dinner the following day. We sat and watched some television and then decided to call it a night. We had forgotten about the roast but then remembered it prior to bedtime. Rebekah went to the kitchen and was baffled when she did not see the roast.
She knew she had left it on the stove to cool, and as it was several pounds, it certainly could not have vanished into thin air. We looked around and did not see a trace of the roast anywhere. It seemed unfathomable that a roast would disappear, but we then remembered our dog who could leap tall buildings. We looked over at him and he was lying down quite full and appeared a bit sheepish. We finally put two and two together and realized he had consumed the whole roast. He left no residue and he left no crumbs. He devoured the whole roast and was now quite content. He knew he was not allowed to get onto the table and definitely not allowed to peruse the stove. Our 75lb. dog had managed to place his paws on the stove and reach into the pan and steal the roast. He was stealthy in doing so as he made no sound and consumed the roast without us knowing. He was normally a loud eater, but in this case he had the manners of someone taught by Emily Post herself. He knew better than to consume the roast, but I am sure the temptation was too much for him to endure.
I have been tempted with my own proverbial “roasts”. The devil has put many a worm on my hook, and to my shame, I have often taken his bait. I have found myself duped more times than I would like to admit. I have found myself attracted to the shiny object in the water, only to find that it was a trick and I was hooked. I am learning that caving into temptation only leads to guilt and bad consequences. Enduring temptation is where true victory is found. Learning to say no to that which is not of God is essential to receiving the crown of life. Loving God means obeying Him and saying no to that which is in direct disobedience to Him.
Where are you today friend? Are you enduring temptation like a good soldier of Jesus Christ? Do you resist the devil as Jesus did when He warred against the devil with the all-powerful Sword – the Word of God? Are you toying with the “roasts” in your life or are you learning to say no to the things that pale in comparison to the crown that awaits? The Bible says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Do you love God in words only or do you strive to keep His commandments? May we not succumb to the shiny hook in the water but may we endure temptation and say no to sin. Show in action your love to the Lord. Endure to the end and live for the eternal and not the temporal.