It was my first time living for any extended amount of time in Israel when I met a dynamic woman who was introduced to me as a prophetess. She was always ready with a word from God to give to anyone she met- believers and strangers alike. On the outset, she seemed incredible, even larger than life. But as I learned her story, something seemed unsettling.
She was a wife, a mother and a pastor of a large congregation overseas. Each time she came to Israel, she left all that she had behind in order to do what she felt “called to do” for several months at a time. A man whom she nicknamed her Boaz accompanied her everywhere she went.
Eventually, the day came when everything she had crumbled. She made the decision to marry her Boaz leaving dozens of devastated families behind, including her own.
“Take heed that you stand lest you fall.”- 1 Corinthians 10:12
While the story is specific to this woman’s life, the temptation is not. Everyone experiences temptation in one form or another.
Devastation doesn’t often effect marriages, ministries or our lives in forms of instantaneous natural disasters. It comes through one decision off the path at a time. We all love the grandeous ideas of being favored, exalted, doing GREAT THINGS FOR GOD! But those great things are so often Satan’s trap leading to our fall. Jesus’ greatness came in the form of servant-hood. Our great acts for God, our mighty ministries, our pedestal marriages can all fall hard if we are not careful to watch over them.
Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are. He was offered the kingdoms of the world. He was offered a way out from the suffering of the cross. He was told by His closest friend that God forbid He die for the sins of the people. But in all these temptations for grandeur, pleasure, and ease, He chose the cross. We have the hindsight to see that God exalted Jesus above all because of that decision. But we are faced daily with a choice of which road we are going to take. In the example above, we see a person who made choices that lead to compromising their commitment to their spouse and church. Obedience to God’s calling doesn’t lead us to a path that is in opposition to His principles.
When the Lord opens your eyes to a temptation from the enemy through His word, by His Spirit or in some other way, like Jesus did, resist it with the truth and run in the way of righteousness. Even though the right path is not always the easy one, in the end, you will look back and see those past trials and temptations as markers of victory over your enemy.