“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
You may remember the Andy Griffith Show. Andy was the town sheriff and Barney was his goofy deputy. There were times when Barney would see something going a little beyond the law and he would remind Andy that he needed to “nip it in the bud!” Meaning that he should step in before a situation grew out of control.
In the verse above, the apostle Paul is basically saying the same thing. Let’s consider what is being said here. First, let me give you a quick difintion of temptation. It is a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise. Adam and Eve were faced with a temptation in the garden. They choose to do something wrong and unwise. Satan laid a trap and they fell for it. Has that ever happened to you? If you’re breathing it has. Temptations come from many places and can catch you and me off guard. So how do we “nip it in the bud?”
When we are tempted we need to look for the “exit” so that we are not overcome and fall into sin. If it depended on us, we would never get out but “God is faithful and will with the temptation make a way of escape. In the book of James we find these words, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
(James 1:13-15 NIV). It is when we yeld to the temptation that leads to sin and sin leads to death or seperation from God.
What if we fail to nip it in the bud and fall headlong into sin? Remember, we have Jesus who was in “all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 5:15 KJV). We need his forgiveness and strength in order to find the way out. Trust Him who is faithful to show it to you.
So, when you find yourself (this goes for me, too) with temptation knocking at your the door of your heart, find the way to escape and “nip it in the bud!” That’s my point for today.