Hiding From Evil

Average reading time is about 6 minutes
AN AMAZING FACT:  The mimic octopus of Indonesia can change to any pattern or color and even match the shape and features of other animals or surroundings.

This octopus is the only species known that can impersonate so many different animals, and most of those it mimics—lionfish, jellyfish, sea snake, and many others—are poisonous, making it an excellent survival tactic.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hide and camouflage ourselves from the allure of temptation as easily as the animals that can disguise themselves? As Christians, we encounter many situations from which we should run and take cover. The Bible tells us to “flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18), “flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14), and—speaking of pride, greed, and others sins—“flee these things” (1 Timothy 6:11).

Part of fleeing from evil is avoiding temptation. Jesus told His disciples they needed to watch and pray in order to avoid temptation. This is not to say that temptation is sin. We know that Christ was tempted, and we also know that He was sinless. Obviously, some temptation is unavoidable. But knowing your weaknesses and avoiding situations where you could easily be lured into wrongdoing is simply using the wisdom that God gave you; it’s common sense. For instance, if a man knows he is tempted by alcohol, he knows he will be putting himself on Satan’s ground if he visits a bar.

Where temptation can’t be avoided, Jesus will provide the power to resist it. Because Jesus suffered temptation on this earth, He understands our problems perfectly and is able to give us just the help we need when we are tempted. He is ready and able to strengthen us. If we trust in Him, He will never leave us to battle temptation on our own. He wants to empower us!

The prudent man in our verse above hides himself from evil. So where can we hide ourselves? Where can we take cover and be protected from the immorality that surrounds us? “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).

The Word of God clearly teaches that we should hide in Christ; God is our only “safety zone.” And we don’t need to wait until we think we’re in trouble to run to Him. Make Him your constant refuge. If we remain in Him, we will be victorious!

Today’s morning reading: Proverbs 27:1–13

KEY BIBLE TEXTS
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 27:12


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