I love sweets....who doesn't? Actually I did know a girl who didn't care for chocolate. I thought she was a little crazy personally! But when we have candy around the house - especially in times of Halloween - which is stupid because where we live, on a country road, we get not one trick or treater - but we should get candy - JUST IN CASE! (We've been in this house 8 years - still not one - but this may be the year!!!) - sorry....but when there is candy in the house, I am so tempted. To walk right by it & not grab "just one"....its so hard.
And then I think of other temptations in life that we face. Are you ever tempted to yell at someone because they cut you off in the road & act like there is nothing worse in life that what just happened? Ever give them the sign that "they are number 1"?
Ever been tempted to say something smart back to someone because you feel like they smarted off to you first? Ever been tempted to take a pile of post-its from work because they'll never miss them? (I'll be the first to say I've done that - without even thinking....I'll be in a rush & writing something & its time to go & I just take it with me as I'm writing down the steps....). Ever been tempted to fall along with a crowd even though you dont agree with what they are doing?
The thing is, there are so many temptations in our life - big & small - they are everywhere. Alot of times, we fail when we get tempted. And how many times, do you see we set ourselves up for temptation? Just like the candy in my house - I shouldnt even HAVE it there - there's really no reason! And normally, I fail at the temptation of it......
What I noticed reading my Bible this morning - in Matthew 4:1
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil."
WHAT? He went there TO BE tempted - he knew what was going to happen!?? And look at that - he went anyways & the best part - the devil didnt succeed in any of his temptations!!! WHOO - HOOO!!!
I love all the stories of Jesus in the gospels - what an example of how we should live! But I see Jesus doing this just so thousands of years later, we can read it & see, when we are faced with temptations.....we CAN overcome them!!! Can you imagine how mad the devil was that he couldn't tempt Jesus? Love it!! Stupid devil!!