The Bet

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Deliverance, Temptation, Victory

James 1:13-15 “When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, when it is full-grown it gives birth to death.” NIV

My son loved to swim. He was always at the pool and had passed all his swimming badges at a very early age. Swimming was an adventure, it was cool, it was fun until one day when it almost came to a deadly halt.

Chris had been carrying on an animated discussion with a fellow swimmer, when suddenly he stepped away from his pal and dove into the deep end of the pool. I was not the least bit concerned as I knew the proficiency of his skills. Thus I continued chatting with other swim moms until I suddenly realized something unexpected was happening. Chris’ friend now appeared frantic as he shook the instructors arm and pointed at the deep end of the pool. What’s going on I wondered and then it hit me, I couldn’t spot Chris in the water.

With a splash the lifeguard entered the pool. I stood rooted to the spot. The second hand on the pool clock ticked away, 10, 20, 30 and still no sign of emerging heads from the deeps. My heart began to constrict as my breath stilled and my lungs ached for the air that I longed to pass on to my boy.

Finally up popped Chris’ head quickly followed by the guard, who upon climbing out of the pool gave him the kind of verbal dressing down which only stems from a combination of abject terror and relief all at the same time.

So what had happened? Chris, always a daredevil, had accepted a bet from his pal who dared him to swim to the bottom of the pool and see if his finger would fit into one of the holes in the drainage system. You guessed it. The finger slipped in easily enough but not back out.

How often are we as God’s children tempted to stick our finger into things where they simply don’t belong? How often do we get ourselves into a situation or a crisis of faith because we have chosen to accept temptations bet and dared to disobey God, thinking that we can get away with it? How often? Probably a lot more often than any one of us dares to admit!

Yes, temptation comes to all of us but when it comes as James has written:

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:7-8a &10 NIV

Yes, indeed, He will lift us up out of the dark waters of temptation into the light and life of victory in Christ.

Prayer: Father God thank you that we have power in Christ over temptation. Bless us this day with humble hearts that draw nigh unto you, your goodness, light and love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Atlin, B.C.


The Bet