Walking Past Temptation

My husband and I often walk through our local mall in extremely hot weather in order to regularly exercise. At first, I took particular notice of all the stores, food vendors, and music, noting new displays and other overt changes. However, as we continued to regularly visit and walk through the mall, I grew less cognizant of those kinds of details. The fact is, the mall businesses did not abate in their attempts to attract customers with enticing displays and friendly salespeople; all that changed was that I was not as consciously aware of their alluring tactics.

Shopping is not in itself a problem; it is only when its appeal controls our desires rather than our spiritual self-control dictating our actions. The world is relentlessly bombarding us with tempting appeals to fulfill our lustful desires; and we can become desensitized to these worldly temptations simply because they are ever-present and often subtle in their nature. We would all benefit by remembering and clinging to this promise from the Lord:

For in that He himself hath suffered being tempted, His is able to succour [help; come to the aid of] them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you help us when we are tempted; you never leave us defenseless—you always provide a way that we can escape temptations that might otherwise overwhelm us.Lord, your name is above all names, and you are forever worthy of all our praise! Blessed be your name…Amen.