“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 NIV
Temptation starts as a tiny seed of an idea. Often it will begin to grow under the surface of our consciousness, unnoticed and undisturbed. But we become aware of it when it pops its head out of our subconscious and begins to grow in the full sunlight of our conscious mind. It is a deceptively beautiful plant, causing us to want the fruit it will ultimately bear. If we cultivate it, feed it and water it by thinking about it often, it will eventually burst into full bloom. There we will act on it – either partaking of its forbidden sweetness or scattering the seeds of the temptation so we have a whole garden plot full of it for our later pleasure.
God has given us a window of time where we can stop temptation from bearing fruit and multiplying in our hearts. During the time it is growing in our awareness, before we act on it, we can uproot it with His help.
Lord help me spot those weeds of temptation in my heart and help me uproot them so I don’t act on them today or let them multiply for tomorrow. Amen.