Resisting temptation is hard to do, but it can be done; otherwise, God wouldn’t have told us to do it. A little boy went to the grocery store with his mother and saw a package of peanut butter cookies he wanted. His mother said no, and went in another aisle, but the boy stayed there and stared at those cookies.

The store manager saw the boy and asked him, “Son, are you about to steal those cookies?”

“No, sir. I’m trying to learn how to resist temptation.”

We all know you can’t win against temptation that way. If you put it in front of you, like a hungry fish when it sees a shiny lure, sooner or later you will take the bait – and you’ll also be taken by the hook.

A lure works by the principle of deception. It promises one thing and delivers another. One of sin’s lures is a sense of entitlement that says you deserve this. This attitude is self-promoting, and it causes us to try taking matters into our own hands under the assumption that God doesn’t really care about us. The end result is destruction by our own selfishness.

We all may say we believe God will take care of us, but do we really mean it? The devil has tailor-made lures to appeal to our specific points of weakness. When he tempts us, our response will prove beyond a doubt if we really trust God, or if we are just going through the motions.

You may be a single person who has prayed for the right mate, but after years of waiting, you still haven’t found that person yet. God knows the desires of your heart – and so does the devil. Make up your mind today that you will settle for nothing less than God’s best for you. That’s the way to win.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder