If it wasn’t for my husband who encouraged me to take a nap after dropping off Babba this morning, I would probably still be blogging about being tired again. Thankfully, I got a good couple hours of deep sleep and I feel pretty good tonight so no more of all that sleepy talk for now.
I want to talk to you about temptation. The bible promises in 1 Corinthians 10:13; 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.
Doesn’t that give you so much hope in knowing that the Lord promises a way out when we are face to face with our sins? Makes me think I’m good as gold and will never give in to a temptation ever again! However, the honest truth about this is that although the Father will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, we are still tempted and it's the temptation part that is hard. Being human and all, our flesh often times falls short of the Lord’s glory and we fall into temptations more often than we should. Now, when I say temptations, what do you think of? Probably the more obvious things like breaking one of the commandments, right? Well, this definitely applies to those types of temptations but I personally think that the more subtle day-to-day things that we give in to can hinder our steps just as much. Some of those subtle temptations can be things like eating Mc Donald’s when you know it’s bad for your health, gossiping about and/or judging others, playing hooky, getting angry, talking down on yourself, worrying… I can go on and on with this list but it’s basically all those things that you know you’re going to regret later. My point is, when we put two and two together, the scripture plus the reality that we often fall short of resisting temptation, we can easily be left feeling like a big fat failure after we’ve already given in. Even worse, doing so can open doors to a whole bunch of other hindrances like discouragement, not believing in yourself, feeling unworthy, giving up… another list that is endless.
Here’s the good news, though-- HE LOVES US ANYWAY. He loves us so much that he gave his only son to pay for our sins for all of time. Every moment of every day, under every circumstance he faithfully, unfailingly, unconditionally loves us wholly and completely. Let me make clear the fact that I am in no way saying this is an open invitation to give in to your temptations and be okay with it because God forgives. We do still have to take responsibility for our actions, and that's between you and God. But I am simply reminding you of the honest truth, we fall short-- but he loves us still. We mess up every day at least once-- but he still gave his son to die for us. We fail him over and over-- but he has already forgiven us and set us free. Hard to fathom, I know, but it doesn't change the fact that it's true. So if you’re stuck in a place of guilt and shame today, for any reason big or small, get unstuck! Because he loves you anyway! Stay blessed and unhindered!