Responding to temptation

You need to decide how you will respond to temptation in advance, before the temptation comes. Once it’s there, it’s too late to be weighing options and making decisions.

When Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39), he said, “How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” These are not the words of a man caught up in temptation and making up his mind. They are the words of one who has already decided to do what is right.

When David was tempted by Bathsheba’s wife (2 Samuel 11), he said, “Who is she?” and was already lost. That’s not to say he couldn’t have recovered from that point, but he was already set on the wrong path. If he had responded like Joseph, it would have spared a lot of heartache.

“Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

From Ben’s Pen, reflection after a recent Bible study

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