E-votional - Temptation
January 28, 2002

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” "

Genesis 3:1 (NRSV)


   Temptations, what exactly are they? Do they consist of those things we should not have or do? Are they merely things that are on the tip of that notion to act or not? Is it scratching poison ivy or plucking eye brows? Do temptations cause pain or anxiety, scars or unneeded troubles? Could there be more to the whole temptation thing?

   Hear the Good News, we can face and overcome the temptations of life, if we know what they are and how they call us. In the passage above, Eve encounters someone who wants to test her limits, her limits of understanding and even linguistics. The serpent uses her own words against her and questions her understanding of what it is that God is calling her "not" to do. Eve, like humanity is often tested and challenged to face and address the "should nots" and "don'ts" instead of the "shoulds" and "can dos". We face many things that while touching won't be our end, they could be the open door to losing or giving in to temptation. Money is not bad, but can be the fall of anyone. Food, important to our life and living, but if it becomes that focus of our life, the life preserver of emotions, we are in trouble. Sex, power, appearance, if any of these things take hold of you, they will get in-between you and God. Eve told the serpent and exaggeration about touching the fruit. "Look, you have touched it and it did not kill you. Go ahead and take that bite. Temptation is a crafty beast, but if we know it's nature, and understand who we are and whose we are, we will be ok, and can face it through Christ and His grace.


   Gracious Father, You give me strength and focus when I am faced with the tough questions in life. Keep me focused on You, that I remain faithful to You all of my days. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.