Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Problems can emerge from many directions. Sometimes, they are obvious. Often they can surprise us. We might feel prepared, yet find ourselves victims, rather than victors.

We see these patterns by observing how a young man fell into trouble. First, he was “naïve” and lacked “sense.” He was not ready to face temptation. It happened so gradually, he probably didn’t realize he was being tempted.

He made the mistake of going where he was vulnerable. There he met a provocatively dressed woman, who was crafty and “cunning of heart.” Appearing to be religious, she described paying her vows and making peace offerings.

He believed her! She enticed him “with her many persuasions” and “flattering lips.” The young man let down his guard and was lured by her false promises.

This story reminds us of the many ways we can be tempted. To be prepared, there are two specific steps all of us should take, found in the chapter’s opening verses:

Know the Bible and put Biblical principles into practice. Treasuring His Word can help keep us from sin (Psalm 119:11). But knowledge isn’t enough. We must practice the Word: “Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

God knows “how to rescue us from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9). He is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13).These truths can provide a solid foundation, and equip you to face temptations. Make sure that you are prepared, alert, and armed.