“But just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of [the Israelites] were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased.” --1 Corinthians 10:5 (The Message)
Lexi needs my help to avoid people, dogs, and empty food wrappers—all the temptations we encounter on our daily walks. I can’t keep her cooped up inside, yet I know she’ll face temptation outdoors. So I cue her, command her, treat her, and praise her when we walk to help her along the way. When God called the Israelites into the desert, he knew they would be tempted by hunger, thirst, doubt, and despair. He couldn’t keep them enslaved in Egypt any longer, yet he knew how difficult the exodus would be. So he blessed his people with miracles to help them along the way. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much to the Israelites, who were defeated by temptation anyway. My cues and rewards don’t always mean much to Lexi. Nevertheless, I’m walking with Lexi on the walk I took her on. “Lead me not into temptation” doesn’t mean we don’t have to go anywhere—but God walks with us on the journey he’s taking us on.
Dear God, Thank you for walking with me on the journey you’re taking me on. Thank you for your wonders and your grace that help me avoid temptation along the way. Amen