My friend, may I ask you a question? When opportunities arise to do something that simply doesn’t make sense in light of what we know about God’s will, do we need to double-check our motives to see if we are reacting to an opportunity or jumping after a temptation?

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

We’ve always liked to camp and pull an old trailer that weighs in empty over 5,000 pounds. Basically we know that we were limited to those larger trucks that could deliver the horsepower and pulling strength that we needed. That’s why we decided to purchase a used Suburban years ago. It provided us with everything that we needed, space for the dogs, room enough to travel cross-country with four children and the “guts” to pull our trailer even when it was loaded down. It served us well for a number of years until, after about 150,000 miles, it began to show a number of serious signs of wear and potential mechanical problems. The real problem, however, was rust. It rusted terribly and soon gaping holes appeared through door panels and fenders.

Along came the New Year and the many super financing deals that dealers offer at that time of the year. Our old Suburban was paid for and we longed to replace it. Despite the fact that the engine and transmission were in good shape, we kept looking at the rust and decided that it would be better to replace it before something truly did fall off of it. Then we saw it: “0% financing on all vans and trucks!” There was an ad in the paper promoting a super financing deal on just about any type of truck we could imagine. Disappointed with our Suburban, we decided not to go that route again. Despite the fact that GM had pretty much eliminated the rusting problem, we thought that it would be great to own a full-sized van. With the excellent financing package, additional room, and lower price point, it just didn’t seem like there really was any decision to make.

It seemed like an opportunity sent from heaven. It really didn’t take us long to sign on the dotted line and then away we drove in our brand new full-sized van. We had decided not to trade the Suburban in since it would not have netted much on a trade. We parked it and used it as a utility vehicle. It was funny, though. Every time I drove up the driveway in my new van and passed the place where we had parked the Suburban, the old Suburban seemed to mock me. It was quite some time before I discovered why. When the time came for us to trade in the van we discovered to our dismay, that in just two short years and only 22,000 miles, it had lost over 50% of its value. We also discovered that had we purchased another Suburban it would have retained 75% of its value. In the long run what seemed like a golden opportunity ended up costing me several thousand dollars.

Opportunity had knocked all right. But, we were too quick to open the door this time. If we had done our research we would have discovered that this opportunity was not from God after all. Rather, it was a temptation cleverly disguised as an opportunity. Not all opportunities come from God. Temptations disguised as opportunities never come from God. God does not tempt. Only the devil can do that.

When opportunities arise to do something that simply doesn’t make sense in light of what we know about God’s will, we need to double-check our motives to see if we are reacting to an opportunity or jumping after a temptation. It is God’s desires that should motivate our actions; not our own.

We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to be able to discern the difference between temptation and opportunity. Make us patient when following our desires, always willing to stop, ask and pray before we make decisions that affect us and others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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