“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
I try to steer Lexi clear of other dogs on our morning walk. They distract her and can incite unwanted behaviors such as barking, growling, and straining at the leash. We cross the road to avoid them, if possible, or we stand aside to let them pass. But we can’t avoid unleashed dogs who come running up to greet us. I have no control over an unleashed dog; there’s nothing I can do except let Lexi say hello. If we’re lucky, the owner will be nearby and will call for the dog after a brief snuffle. Then I can lead Lexi away. If we’re unlucky, the owner is chatting with a neighbor, talking on his cell phone, or busy loading his car with camping gear—ignoring his dog. Then I have to coax Lexi away from a dog who keeps following us until the other dog gives up. It’s hard to walk away when you’re overtaken by temptation. The Christians in Corinth were overtaken by temptation, but St. Paul reassured them. The Message translates it like this: “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” Even when temptation dogs us, God leads us away and keeps us walking—with him.
Dear God, When temptation overtakes me, keep me walking with you. Amen