The United Press International story began: “We think we shall never see, a holocaust as devastating as a professionally removed tree.” The story was about a man in Washington State who wanted to remove a 100-foot fir tree from a precarious location that threatened his house. So he employed some professional tree removers. Those “experts” made an error, however. The felled the tree all right, but it fell in the wrong direction and cut his house in half.
I imagine those workmen had approached that job quite confidently. After all, they had accomplished similar assignments with no difficulty. But this time was different. They demonstrated that even seasoned professionals are capable of making a mistake.
Years of experience in the Christian life do not guarantee immunity to the subtle snares of temptation. What may be easily avoided by the new Christian could be the downfall of a mature believer. Past victories may cause complacency, or an unsuspected element may catch us unawares and cause us to slip. That’s why experienced Christians need to “take heed” and maintain a close walk with the Lord. We can count on God to be faithful. He will provide the “way of escape” or the strength to stand. Our part is to stay alert to temptation and to resist. – Paul R. Van Gorder
When I’m tempted to do wrong,
Make me steadfast, wise, and strong;
And when all alone I stand,
Shield me with Thy might hand. – Hopps
When temptation knocks, send Jesus to the door.
– November 21, 1989, Our Daily Bread