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Temptations, temptations, temptations
King David was a man of very strong Spiritual convictions. He was the one man that was labeled "A man after God's own heart." One day when he should have been out with his men in combat, which was common practice, he was not. As a result he saw Bathsheba taking a bath next door.
Most of us know the story. He sent for her, committed adultery and got her pregnant. He tried to cover his sin by having her husband come home from the battlefield. He refused to go home and have sex with her because his army buddies were sleeping in the open field. David ordered him to be placed on the front of the battle line to make sure that he would die.
Here we see one of the most Godly men who ever lived being tempted and sinning. He committed not one terrible sin, but two. There is an old saying that says "if you play with fire you may well get burned." We all have plenty of temptations around us; this is a fact of life. An old hymn goes something like, "Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin. Each victory will help another to win."
Yes, we are all bombarded with temptations. Many do not have such serious results. Even sports or financial success can lead to idolatry if we aren't careful. I Corinthians 10:13 tells us that, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as in common to man. But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able..." Yes we are all tempted. Let's follow in the steps of our lord to be safe.
For the 2012 Club, Dec. 2 takes us to Ezekiel 48 and I John 1.
Have a good Thanksgiving week.
Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.