1 Peter 4:12 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
*Everyday there are options that come our way...Options we know we aren't suppose to choose, and the option to choose what we should. These options sometimes arrive in what seems to be a small, tempting package that in reality can lead to condemnation and deter you from seeing and grasping the very opportunity that is meant for us. For example, many believe a sip here and a puff there won't hurt; one picture showing a little skin is all in fun; one touch will quiet my senses and won't go any further; one day of missing service never hurt a thing, and it's not like the primary speaker is there anyway; one more purchase can be covered by paying a bill later; I can wait to do that later or be a little late; reaching out never hurt anyone; or watching one clip is just satisfying my curiosity...The list goes on. However, those little blips here and glitches there actually trigger a snowball effect that begins the process of distraction or the option of prolonging your circumstance, and keeping you from your blessing. While these little foxes try to nip at our vines (Song of Solomon 2:15), our very blessing could be passing us by bc we became distracted by something that seemed little that actually took our focus off of watching and believing for something great. Then we become surprised and wonder how did this happen, or how could this be?...Are we really surprised? Our faith is under trial daily, our desires are being attacked bc there is the ability for them to come true, and the devil is looking for an opportunity to try us as he did Jesus (Luke 4:13). However, this is why it is important to spiritually feed yourself daily in order for our eyes to be open for instructions (Psalm 119:18), lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), and never settle bc God came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10). Therefore never be surprised by an attack bc the trial of our faith is always being tested for reward purposes or to take you out of the game (Jeremiah 17:10). Do your best to not be knocked off of your square, but if it should occur, then pick yourself up from the temptation of habitual consumption and try again.