One evening, after work, the power of temptation was as strong as a battleship pulling a fishing boat. Gripping the steering wheel, white-knuckles and all, it seemed like all hope was lost. The devil thought he had won.
Tear-stained eyes, driving erratically, the time arrived to pull over to the side of the road. Phone in hand Ben was on the other end, praying, reassuring and re-minding that all is not lost, Jesus Christ is right there – call Him instead of calling me. This is what we always forget when Jesus Christ is part of our day – call Him instead of a human.
This was a pivotal moment. The steering wheel in the vehicle survived, the knuckles on both hands began pumping blood through them and a rational mind returned. Praying on the side of the road was never part of any plan, but there it was – praying in the middle of rush hour traffic, tears flowing like a river and a heart that was softening by His grace and mercy.
We forget to call upon His name at the exact moment we need Him. If we called upon His name before we needed Him it would probably be easier to remember to call Jesus Christ when we need Him most. Practice may not make perfect, but it does make better.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. ~James 1:12-14 NKJB
Being careful to not reveal what created this situation is intentional. We all have issues that block us from God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We need to walk with the triune God all through the day to keep our heart clear, our mind focused and our hands available to do His work. What’s blocking you from God in this day? His will awaits your attention.
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.