Book: Proverbs 7
“He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral women, strolling down the path by her house. It was twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell… He followed her…”
The time when temptations of all kinds seem to be lurking is when I am physically or emotionally tired, exhausted and need rest. This is the time I need to make sure my guard is up and I flee temptation.
Have you ever noticed that Satan doesn’t play fair? He will take advantage of any opportune time to try to tempt and destroy. His mission is to destroy and sideline all those he can. If you are serving the King of the Kingdom then Satan is trying to draw you away from it. He knows that if he can, he will try to get your eyes off what you should be doing and on to other pleasures.
Many pastors find that just after the Sunday morning service when they have preached, giving everything they have, it is a most challenging time. They need a break and yet they have responsibilities to the congregation first. This can take what little energy they have left.
Business people find a similar challenge when they have been working long hours. They are tired but the work has to be done. This is often when temptations present the largest threat. It is at the end of the day. It is a time to take a break. Satan knows this and is ready.
Getting the rest one needs is important, but also God has given all that is needed to not give into temptation. It is important to know what tempts you. Further, in 2 Timothy 2:22 it says, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”
Corinthians 10:12-13 adds to this by saying, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
A key to resisting temptation is “humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Be honest with yourself and identify what tempts you and under what circumstances does temptation come your way. Choose to not go near temptation but rather stay in the Kingdom pursing what is good.