I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.”- Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
I’ll say upfront that I’ve never been a big fan of reality t.v. I watch ‘Dancing With The Stars’ with my wife here and there, and I saw the ‘American Idol’ finale a couple of years ago. But that’s about it. Other shows like ‘Who Wants To Marry My Nanny’ and ‘Walmart 911’ just don’t appeal to me….
Wait, were those real titles ? They’re all a big jumble to me.
Anyway, there was one reality show a few years back that really bugged me. I won’t bother to give the name, but it had temptation in its title. I looked it up on Google and found the description for it. In the show, couples were sent to an island and “…agreed to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of their relationships.” I mean, are you serious ? Who does this ?
For some reason, I thought about that show this week. In the bible study class I’m in now, we’re working through a short book called “Growing In Christ”. The chapter for the coming week is “Assurance of Victory” which deals specifically with temptation. And temptation can come in different forms. Maybe we think about cutting a corner here and there at work or in school. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the kind of nonsense that those contestants on that show signed up for.
Jesus showed us the best way to deal with temptation in the Gospel of Matthew. Three separate times, Satan presents Him with difficult tests, and each time, Jesus recalls the book of Deuteronomy and responds with three powerful words…
“It is written….”
I’ve heard several sermons and discussions on temptation, and many of them suggest we simply steer clear of situations that will tempt us. It’s a good start, but it has to be complemented with the Word of God as a foundation. The scripture verse for our class this week is from 1st Corinthians…
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Cor 10:13 (NIV).
The way out that God provides us is found in our Bibles. Psalm 119 is a great example of this. Studying God’s Word and calling on it the way Jesus did gives us confidence that we can rise above temptation when the time comes.
I wonder if any of those contestants brought their Bibles to that island …