Be Alert

May 6, 2005
by Melva Cooper

Matthew 26:41 – Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. (NLT)

All sorts of small animals visit our yard during beautiful spring days. They run and play in the warm sun and the freshly-mown grass. We spend much time watching from our kitchen window.

We began to notice that a squirrel had found a way to get around the fireplace and into our attic. We could actually hear him as he scattered his acorns above our heads. We enjoy the squirrels, but we couldn't allow them to continue coming and going in our attic.

My husband borrowed a trap from a neighbour and set it with food. Soon a squirrel couldn't resist the temptation of the good-smelling food, and found himself locked inside the trap. Over and over this happened. The temptation of food was placed in the trap and each time they succumbed to it. The animals were removed long enough to repair the place where they were entering the attic.

As human beings, we are often lured by the sights and sounds of temptation in our lives. Unlike the creatures of the earth, God has given us an avenue of escape. We need to be always alert to the possibilities of temptation around us, for though our spirits are willing enough, our bodies are weak.

The animals in our yard found the food in the wire cage when they were hungry, and temptations buffet us where we are most vulnerable too. But God gives us strength to defeat Satan's power when we cry out to Him in prayer.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that where we are weak, You are strong. Keep us, Jesus, in Your care, so that we will not yield to temptation. Amen.

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Melva Cooper
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

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