“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”I Corinthians 10:13
I recently started a diet, or what I would like to call a lifestyle change, and I am about four weeks in. I have done better in eating healthier and making better decisions with my food choices. I have done my best to exercise daily and make it a habit, as opposed to something I only do once in a while. I did not have much choice in this matter as the doctor told me I had to make changes in my lifestyle or I would face the consequences of my poor choices. I did not take this lightly, and I immediately went into action to make the changes I needed to make. I recently went back to work in the office, and they offer to pay half of your meal if you choose a healthy option meal. I never took advantage of this much before, but I have been all about it since I came back to work. Our work has an amazing salad bar and they offer meals that are healthy and cheaper than the other options.
I get a hearty salad at lunch and feel full, but I find myself quite hungry in a couple of hours, much like when I eat Chinese food. I do not have snacks at my desk, and I drink water to feel full to appease my hunger. Recently, I had scheduled a haircut for later in the evening and I went directly to my haircut appointment after work. I was pretty hungry when I left, and I was looking forward to dinner that night. I got to my haircut appointment, and the moment I stepped out of the car, I was greeted with the charbroiled aroma of a Whopper. My stomach growled at the smell, and I do not speak stomach, but I believe it was telling me to make a Whopper “my way”. The thought of running across the street crossed my mind, but I had a haircut appointment and I knew dinner was ready for me when I got home. I quickly went into my haircut and the smell went away and was replaced with the smell of gel and aftershave.
The fact of the matter is that I do not particularly care for Burger King, but I was so hungry that I would have eaten the leather off of a shoe. I knew it was not what I really wanted, but I was tempted anyway to partake of the Whopper. I am glad to say that I did not give into temptation, and I came home to a home-cooked meal which consisted of chicken breast and some spicy soup. There were plenty of vegetables, but no charbroiled burgers with cheese and a sesame seed bun. I did not regret my decision to deny the Whopper, as the meal I waited for was what I needed and did not derail me from the healthy choice I needed to make.
Having it “your way” is not the way it should be, and there are consequences for doing things your way as opposed to God’s way. I know it is a cool slogan when referencing customizing your burger, but it is not the way we should live our Christian life. We should always submit to God’s will and His way, and we should not lean to our own understanding as Proverbs tells us. God always gives a way to escape, and we always have a choice to make at that pivotal moment if we will please God or if we will please self. We are never tempted more than we can bear, and He is faithful when He says, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” God is greater than any temptation, and He is faithful to provide us an exit out of the temptation. He was the example as He quoted scripture to fight off the devil, and we have the same resource. Psalm 119:11 states, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
How are you doing in the temptation department? Are you taking the way of escape, or are you indulging in that “Whopper”? Are you tempted by the smells of the world and tempted to cross the street to the other side? Are you thinking of doing something that will ruin your life? May we ask God for help in times of temptation, and may we hide God’s word in our heart to prepare us for the battle we face. Satan is our adversary, and he is looking to destroy you and your family. Run like Joseph and learn to make it a habit of not having life your way, but God’s way.