No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; 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.
1 Corinthians 10:13
The other day I was sitting with my nephew while Doc McStuffins was on TV and I came across Robot Ray. I’m not quite sure what happened to cause the toy robot to go see the doctor but I did pay attention to his diagnosis. He was suffering from wetmosis, which let me know the poor robot was waterlogged lol.
Our young doctor gave him a solution to the problem…stay out of water! Don’t get wet! “These are the doctor’s orders!” He agreed and went about his business. In the next scene the robot saw a toy in danger and because it was in his nature to help that’s exactly what he dove in to do. The only problem is he had to go right in the midst of the water sprinklers to do it. So he ended right back up in Doc’s office and had to go through his procedure and “fixing” process all over again. She shared, “You have to follow the doctor’s orders!” His response, “But I had to save the day.”
How many times have we failed to obey the doctor’s orders, to obey God’s orders? Sometimes the directions are so simple, don’t get wet, don’t go there, stop flirting with that but our human inclination to satisfy the wants of the flesh (and even desires of the spirit) cause us to consistently jump right into the very thing that is causing us physical, spiritual, and emotional harm.
We see people and things that we crave and that draw us in and in spite of the doctor’s orders we fall victim to the tricks and traps of the enemy. There has to be safer ways to fill the voids of not getting what the flesh desires. Ways that our needs are met just as the doctor has prescribed. Sometimes it takes help from the people who are around us.
When Robot Ray was in the doctor’s office the second time all the toys talked to him about his choice. They held him accountable sharing with him the importance of following the doctor’s advice. Just as I talked about in yesterday’s blog, You need a group like theirs, we need people around us that will encourage us, not give up on us when we have moments of failure, and that will hold us accountable.
When robot Ray was faced with the final challenge he didn't have everyone to stop him and tell him, “Nooo, don’t jump in the water” even though they knew he wanted to save the toy. But Robot Ray found another way. It took him a little time but he was finally able to stop and think before he acted so he wasn’t putting himself in harms way. He found another avenue to do what his heart desired in a way that pleased the doctor and kept him healthy and whole.
My prayer for us is that we do take these ways of escape when they present themselves. That we trust that the directives God has given us are for our best interest. That we may remain whole and that those we’ve been called to serve and partner with will receive the best us. If you are struggling with following His orders understand that where you are weak you are strong because of Him (1 Corinthians 12:10). That through Christ all things are possible (Philippians 4:13). Don’t beat yourself up by ignoring His directives or for the struggle you may be facing just attempt to do better the next time you are faced with the test! His grace is sufficient for you (1 Corinthians 12:9)!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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