- 1 may 2005 -

Why Won't God Help Me With Temptation?


(reprinted by permission from hm magazine):
the way i see it
by chris wighaman.

...i recently had a friend of mine ask me an interesting question. it was, "i ask God to help me with tempation and falling into sin everyday, so why doesn't He help me?" i answered him by telling him this old story i heard a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

day 1: a man walked down a street that had a hole in it. he didn't see it coming, because it was hard to see and took up most of the street. he really couldn't avoid it and when he came to it, fell in. he screamed and screamed for help, but no one was around. he scratched and clawed for hours and hours until he finally crawled out.

day 2: the man walked down the same street with the hole in it. he knew it was there, but forgot exactly where, and when he came to it fell in again. he screamed and screamed for help, but no one was around. he scratched and clawed for hours and hours until he finally crawled out.

day 3: the man walked down the same street with the hole in it. he knew exactly where it was and he walked right up to it and tried to go around, but lost his footing and fell in. he screamed and screamed for help, but no one was around. he scratched and clawed for hours and hours until he finally crawled out.

day 4: the man walked down the same street with a hole in it. he knew it was there, so he walked right up to it and jumped in. he screamed and screamed for help, but no one was around. he scratched and clawed for hours and hours until he finally crawled out.

day 5: the man decided to walk down a different street.

the tempation to sin isn't easy to deal with. it keeps coming at us, and there is no cure all answer for it. one thing is for sure though, if we are struggling with a particular sin and allow ourselves to be put in the same situations, with the same people, in the same places, we will continue to fall into that tempation. it's stupid to think we won't. God wants to help us, but He also wants us to realize that sometimes the only chance we stand is to walk down a different street.

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