Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 29, 2016

The Near Miss

aug 29“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

Ever had a close call – a near miss – the accident that didn’t’ happen?  We sigh a deep breath and count our blessings.  With shaky knees, we do the “happy dance” because we’ve been spared from the unwanted. Overjoyed, we move on and resume forgetting the unthinkable almost interrupted our day.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could always make the narrow escape?  If we could experience the thrill and adventure of the close call and still miss danger.    Our near miss would probably tempt us to lower our guard and take more risks.  We’d maybe discard the warnings and claim our resilience.  Or perhaps we’d ignore the cautions and keep moving because we’ve always been able to hit the escape button before it was too late.

Ever thought of temptation as a close call – a near miss – the sin that doesn’t have to happen? The close call greeted Jesus after he spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting.  His physical needs made Him a desirable target for Satan.  Despite what He may have desired in the moment, Jesus resisted and Satan fled.  Throughout the gospels, Jesus paints a realistic picture – in this world we will face temptation.  The close call – a near miss – can be our story too if we like Jesus determine to not cross that line.

No one is immune to temptation and if we think we are too strong – then we could be on the edge about to fall.  Satan’s plan is to give us a false sense of resilience that says you can lower your guard, you can take that risk and you don’t need to heed the warning.

We’ve all been there when we thought we could keep the boundary in place and then watched as we slipped over the edge.  The words we didn’t want to say.  The attitude that crushed others.  The actions that destroyed lives.  The selfishness that reigned over all our decisions.  And in each of these God provided a means of escape. The ultimate near miss beckoning us to step back, pray hard, cling to His words and hit escape.

“Father, You have lovingly provided a way for us to turn away from sin. Help us to honor the boundaries that seek to protect us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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