Welcome to 30 Days of Hope. For the month of April 2020 we will create a blog post, and a podcast on this page daily pertaining to hope, written and recorded by many different people within Dawn of Hope.
Day Twenty-Four by Jesse Laughlin
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation is somethin that everyone deals with in some way. Whether we’re tempted to be irritated or mad, or tempted to spend money on somethin we know we don’t need, or something more serious like sexual temptation. This verse helped pull me out of temptation in many situations. It gave me hope when nothin else would. It says that when we’re tempted, the Lord will provide a way out so that we can bear it. We will never have a temptation that we cannot handle! Sometimes it felt like I would never be able to say no to things. I would try and try and try but it felt like if I just gave in at least the situation would just go away. But that isn’t what God intended. He’s there every time we’re tempted cheering us on. He’s helping us every step of the way. During this quarantine, it seems a lot easier to be tempted. We have a lot more time on our hands and we need to make sure we keep our minds sharp to the word of guard and not let temptation seep in. The definition of temptation is “the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” I thought it was interesting because it stated wrong or unwise. Obviously if it’s unwise, we shouldn’t do it. But sometimes it may not be a “bad” thing that we want to do, but it may not be what God had intended for us in that timing. So we need to watch and be aware of what God has for us so that we don’t miss out on what he had for us.
Lord, we thank you that you haven’t left us stranded to do things on our own. We thank you that you equipped us with everything we need to say no to temptation. Help us to look to you when we’re feeling tempted, and not to let it take a hold of our thoughts and desires. In Jesus name, amen.