School was out for the summer and Ronnie decided that he needed to make some money. Waking up early one morning he went to the berry fields and spent most of the day picking pails of beautiful, tasty blueberries. His Dad took him into town where he decided to go from door to door to sell his produce.
When the lady of the house opened the door, he politely asked, “Would you like to buy some berries, Ma’am?”
“Yes,” she answered. “I’ll take your pail into the kitchen and measure two quarts and bake a delicious pie.”
Ronnie decided to stay outside and play with their big dog. Puzzled, the woman asked, “Don’t you want to come inside and see that I measure your berries right? How do you know I’m not going to cheat you?”
Petting the dog, Ronnie said, “Oh, I’m not afraid of your cheating me. You’d get the worst of the deal.”
“What do you mean?” she asked.
“I’d just lose my berries,” he answered, “but you’d make yourself a thief!”
Temptation is ever before us and always around us. It is there when we feel strong and present when we are weak. It never leaves us and always confronts us. But we need not give in! God will always provide us with an escape route. We must turn our eyes to Jesus, believing He’ll help.
Prayer: Lord, we will always be tempted and tried, but can be assured that You will provide a way out if we ask. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 10:13 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.