In my morning devotion time, I came across this verse:
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Psalm 25:15
For what it’s worth, here’s my opinion of this verse- The enemy is the devil, and he sets traps he knows will tempt you and cause you to sin. Each person has a different temptations, but of course the devil knows our weaknesses. The enemy may be trapping you in toxic relationship, food temptation, adultery, gossip, and the list goes on.
How do we respond during these times? Oh, I’m so glad you asked. First, you must recognize your traps; most of you probably already know. When you’re in the midst of temptation, STOP and turn your eyes to Jesus. This takes a bit of discipline here, guys. But I know you can do it. Whatever the situation may be, put it on hold, giving you time to pray. Ask God for His strength, to rescue you from this situation. In order for this to work, you must have a relationship with Jesus. Spending time alone with God ( or TAWG as I like to call it) daily will build your relationship with Him, making you more aware of His presence. The more you know about Him, the more you will trust Him. Last but not least, pray continuously. Pray in all situations- whether you are in need or just thanking Him for all of the blessings he has provided.
Everyone struggles with different temptations, BUT whatever yours may be, the Lord will always be your place of safety (Psalm 91:2). It’s a matter of trusting Him. Constantly focusing on these temptations will derail you from your walk with God. Exactly what the devil wants. Whether you’re a Christian or not, you will face temptations and struggles (Psalm 34:19), but the Lord will rescue you every time.
Bottom line is this: Like narcan is the antidote for opioids, God is the antidote for temptation. Focus your eyes on HIM at all times and in every situation.
PS- Sorry for the nerdy medical analogy. #PAprobs