As Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 10:1-14, the Jewish people were blessed by the power of God opening a passageway through the sea which allowed them to escape Egypt. With God’s direction, Moses led them toward the Promised Land but many of the people worshiped idols and indulged in revelry.
For their lack of faith, many were killed and this should warn future generations. We should consider what God has done long-ago. There were dire consequences for an unprincipled existence. Instead, we should take notice to what God is doing in present times and what He is revealing for the yet to come.
God is always faithful so we should focus our attention always on the ONE who can part the sea, provide for basic needs, and guide along the journey. Paul points out in verses 6-10 that the same temptations faced by the Jews continued to tempt the Corinthian church.
These same temptations still exist for us in the present. Fortunately, there are ways we can overcome temptations. *Listed below are five ways God will help resist temptation:
- Recognize the people and situations that tempt
- Run from what is wrong
- Choose to do what is right
- Pray for God’s help
- Seek friends that can help
It is good to look back on the past for lessons learned. I remember going to London with a college group years ago and one place we visited was St. Paul’s Cathedral. Below is a photo and it struck me that we have amazing technology today but sometimes we emphasize speed rather than quality. St. Paul’s Cathedral is the place where the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana took place. Looking at this photo, you can see the detailed work that went into construction during that time. This day with God, let us focus in on the details of God’s work throughout history and how He has constructed for us all a future home with Him.
Lord, we have come a long way since the days of Moses yet many of the temptations faced by the people back then still exist for our current generation. Help us to fix our eyes on the path to freedom You have given. The promise given through Your Son which leads us all to an awesome future. Amen.
* Nicholes, Lou. “God Will Help You Resist Temptation.” Commentary » I Corinthians 10:6-I Corinthians 10:13 » Family-Times.net, http://www.family-times.net/commentary/god-will-help-you-resist-temptation/.