It has been a tough few weeks here at the Klug household. We have been a bit shaken at the loss of a family member, and have been encouraged as our (Alan’s) family has reached out to one another, offering comfort, support, prayer, and genuine love. How do we sustain ourselves through tough times? What helps us keep going? Recently, I put together a few devotionals, and thought I’d share them over the next week, to remind myself that my hope, my strength, my life comes from a source outside myself. It may be difficult for each of us to feel this at times, but that’s precisely when, as the Body of Christ, it’s our job to remind one another of God’s unceasing faithfulness, that “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
Lead Us Not into Temptation
Temptation. When the wicked seem to prosper on every side, doing what is right isn’t easy. Sometimes a temptation is clearly wrong; more often it is a progression. One small step leads to another, and we find ourselves in a place we never could have imagined. How do we guard against the gradual pull of wickedness? Showing up to work just a few minutes late can’t be wrong, can it? Looking at that website just once can’t be wrong, can it? As God’s people we are told our foundation is not in the crooked ways of this world, but in the mighty and surrounding presence of our Lord.
God promises we will not always be subject to temptation because God knows we are prone to doing evil. Can we place our trust in the Lord today, that we might overcome the temptations that plague us?
Lord, we rely upon you to be our strength and unshakable endurance. Grant us the humility to ask for help when we need it, and remove from us the scepter of the wicked. Amen.