The Story: Well, here’s something we seldom see: an honest preacher! We don’t need to be told that the servants of the Lord are vulnerable to sin. It seems like every time we turn around some Christian leader in the Church, politics, or the business world is up to no good. But when we recall how David tried to cover up his sin, and how easy it was for Solomon to let “sin-creep” overwhelm him, it’s refreshing to hear Asaph owning up to his own frailties. Yes, Asaph loved the Lord and was grateful for all His goodness. But he also understood the importance of not putting on airs before the people of God, and of admitting that he, like anyone, could be captivated by temptation. But don’t miss those words, “almost stumbled” and “nearly slipped.” Asaph did not fall through his temptation into sin; rather, he grew through temptation to become an even more valuable and effective servant of the Lord. We are all vulnerable to temptation. Asaph will show us that two keys can help us to keep from stumbling and slipping into sin: recognizing temptation as such, and finding the way of escape.
The Structure: How easy it is for believers, in this secular and materialistic age, to look upon the fallen world with a judgmental attitude. Whom are we kidding? The law of sin is still active within us (Rom. 7:21-23); the devil continues to roar and skulk about (1 Pet. 5:8, 9); and we are still attracted to the lusts of the world and the flesh (1 Jn. 2:15-17). Before we look condemningly on our sinful neighbors, we’d best make sure we aren’t treading the path of wickedness ourselves. This requires vigilance against all the temptations that come our way each day, coupled with trust in the Lord that we, like Asaph, can find the way of escape to allow us to grow through temptation rather than fall through it.
How do you know when you are being tempted? What do you do then?
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