April 22 – LD 16, Day 7: Comfort in Temptation
Sunday the 22nd of April
in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations
I Corinthians 10:13 -“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Temptations continue to be a part of our lives. We face them every day. The devil comes with all his power and influence and tries to get us to walk in the ways of sin. There are times when those temptations seem so great that there is no way we can overcome them.
Remember the victory that is yours in Jesus Christ! In the midst of the terrible temptations and the horrible guilt and shame, remember that Jesus delivered you!
The devil challenges our faith. The devil tries to convince us that this is an empty comfort. The devil tries to frighten us with God’s justice.
We turn to God and His Word of comfort. We will not perish, but we will be given everlasting life. There is a way out of the temptations. That way out is through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He will take us to His heavenly Home.
He showed mercy to the crucified thief. He shows mercy to you and me in the midst of our temptations. He is in control of all things, turning those temptations into trials, and using them for good. What a great mercy God has shown to us in our distress!