“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”II Peter 2:9
Ever since I was a kid, I have faced moments of temptation. I know well the sweaty palms, increased heart rate and overwhelming feeling of nervousness. Many times in the past, I simply steadied myself and marched down the path of disobedience. I ignored the feelings of nervousness and the voice of the Holy Spirit and continued on in my sin. I still face moments of temptation now, but I am more aware of a way to escape.
When I was 20, my cousin invited me to a quinceanera. I did not know the girl whose birthday it was, but I was excited for the party atmosphere I knew would accompany the celebration. My uncle picked up me and my cousins, and we were excited for the night. As I knew I would, I was having a great time, enjoying the delicious food and other festivities of the night. I was dancing the night away when my cousin’s girlfriend introduced me to her younger sister.
We got along great and were enjoying each other’s company. The time was getting late, so my uncle gave us a ride home to my cousin’s house and we all tagged along together. When we got to the house, I started to get these feelings of nervousness. I was getting along well with everyone, but the Holy Spirit was warning me about this girl I had met only hours earlier. She was not the lady praised about in Proverbs 31, but rather the one the other chapters in Proverbs warn you about. I did not know what to do, so I got up and said I was going to go outside for few minutes.
I called my other cousin and asked him if he could pick me up and promised I would explain everything once he got there. I told him I would be out front, and he told me he was on his way. I never went back in the house, and I did not bother to say goodbye. When I saw the car pull up, I quickly jumped in and asked him to drive away. I told him that I was under great conviction, and I felt the Holy Spirit was telling me to leave. My cousin was not a spiritual giant, so he did not understand. I explained that I just knew I would get into trouble if I didn’t leave. I am not sure how different my life would be if I didn’t leave, but I am grateful for the escape God gives us in moments of temptation. God will always give us a way of escape but it is up to us whether or not we will take it.
I Corinthians 10:13 states, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer 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.” What are you faced with today that you simply have a hard time saying no to? To what temptation do you continue to succumb? Do you still feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit or have you bypassed the stop signs He has put up for you? Are you taking the way of escape He offers, or are you choosing to walk the way of disobedience? I am not aware of a single person who is not tempted with something as even Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. There is no doubt you will be tempted, but the issue is what you do with the temptation. May we not do something that will displease our God, and may we be faithful to take the way of escape. Sin always brings consequences, and may we remember that when the moment of temptation comes. God is faithful to provide a way of escape, so will you be faithful in taking it?