Bridge to obedience?

My friend, may I ask you a question? The Bible tells us that God doesn’t tempt anyone. Does that mean, however, that he won’t allow us to fall into temptation? Perhaps in the short run he allows us to fall so that we have the ability to stand up to temptation in the long run?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

“Leave it!” is a command we hear around our house often. Whenever something falls on the floor but it wasn’t intended that one of our four dogs should have it, we use the command “Leave it!” These two words are quite effective since the “leave” part comes across at a high decibel level that dogs can hear well. Nevertheless, it took a long time before each one of the dogs learned to heed the command because, for most dogs, it is only natural to first sprint to and then devour anything edible that falls into their territory, the territory of the floor. In most instances, after a few moments of waiting and sitting, we then give the command “Okay” and then the dog is allowed to have the food but only when we decide that they should have it, not when the dog feels that it needs or deserves it. When asked recently why we tempted the dogs that way, I explained that it really wasn’t a case of us trying to tempt the dogs. Rather, we were trying to instruct in them the ability to heed this particular command in hopes that other commands would be so heeded as well; not to mention the need to control the area beneath our dinner table.

The Bible tells us that God doesn’t tempt anyone. That doesn’t mean, however, that he won’t allow us to fall into temptation in the short run so that we have the ability to stand up to temptation in the long run.

Here’s a story. As the Union Pacific Railroad was being constructed, an elaborate trestle bridge was built across a large canyon in the West. Wanting to test the bridge, the builder loaded a train with enough extra cars and equipment to double its normal payload. The train was then driven to the middle of the bridge, where it stayed an entire day. One worker asked, “Are you trying to break this bridge?” “No,” the builder replied, “I’m trying to prove that the bridge won't break.” (Today in the Word, March 14, 1991.)

As a Christian it's a great comfort to know that when we’re tempted, there’s someone who has held up perfectly to temptation when we are not able: Jesus Christ. Like that bridge, the temptations Jesus faced weren’t designed to see if he would sin, but to prove that he couldn’t. When we’re faced with temptations, we may wonder why God allows it in the first place. Is God even in control? Yet, God allows temptation in order to reveal to us the strength that we can find when tempted in the perfect “bridge” to his love, the God-man Jesus Christ. God gave him into temptation to reveal to us that he could not sin in order that we might be strengthened when sin is tempting us. Like those four dogs, it isn’t a case of God tempting us; rather it is his way of leading us to the obedience that will perfect us as his own. O perfect love!

We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to take every thought captive and to surrender our hearts and lives to you in true obedience and godly humility. May we who are your children be drawn closer to each other and to you as you do a good work in each of our lives. Build us up into a spiritual house, where Christ is the cornerstone and may your indwelling Holy Spirit – prompt and guide us, encourage and train. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (–adalpted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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