Daily Devotional November 18, 2020

I have a tank with a huge problem.  It is spring fed, which means it is almost always full.  This is a problem because the rain flowing off the hill, feeding the tank, quickly overflows.  This has caused a tremendous erosion problem that looks just like the Grand Canyon.

Brian is an engineer.  His expertise is building and maintaining tanks.  One afternoon, he came out to evaluate my tank and offer a solution. 

After walking around the tank, talking about flow rates, spill ways, and a host of other things I didn’t really understand, Brian explained that if I didn’t take care of the erosion problem, in a few years the tank would fail. 

The solution was to create a wide, flat spillway that would direct the overflow water away from the Grand Canyon, stopping any further damage.  This was a task that was easier said than done.

A close friend offered the use of his bulldozer but it was over an hour away and while I have a trailer that could carry it, my truck isn’t big enough to pull something that heavy.  This meant using the equipment I’ve got.  This is where I thank God for tractors and box blades. 

After a few weeks of working on this project in my spare time, I finally got it finished.  Now, next to the tank is a wide, flat spillway that will direct the water in a different direction where it won’t cause any more problems.  Looking at my handiwork got me thinking.

There are things in each of our lives that are destructive.  These temptations can be incredibly hard to resist.  Much like the water needed to be drained in a different direction, the way we can constructively, healthily deal with temptation is to turn in a different direction.  That’s what Jesus did.

When Jesus told the disciples about his impending death, Peter objected.  This was a true temptation because the Bible is very clear Jesus did not want to die such a horrific death but he also knew it was God’s will. 

In confronting this genuine temptation, Jesus needed a different direction.  He said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”  (Matthew 16:23)  There’s the lesson.

The best way to deal with temptation is to put it behind us.  Simply turn and walk in a different direction.  Leave whatever temptations we face in the rearview mirror. 

So today, as you deal with the many challenges of life, when tempted by a thing or a person, put it behind you, walk away, and be the person God created you to be.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when temptation comes my way, help me put it behind me.  Give me the wisdom, resolve, and strength to deal with temptation the way your Son did.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

When temptation comes, walk away.  You will be glad you did.

Also, if you ever want to see the most beautiful spillway in the history of spillways, let me know.  I’d be glad to give you a tour and brag about doing such a great job moving dirt.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins