The Weight Of Temptation

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.”—Luke 21:34 (NKJV) 

 Quite often, the real reason most people get drunk is to escape. Deadening your senses allows you to momentarily escape from sadness, anxiety, or stress. Often, the temptation to escape is too strong. However, while you are numbing your senses to pain, you are also desensitizing your spirit to the voice of God. Consequently, instead of freeing your spirit, your heart will be “weighed down.” The last warning in this verse contains a more subtle, but equally devastating temptation. We are warned against being weighed down by the cares of life. In the Parable of the Sower and the Seed (Matthew 13), it was the cares of this world that choked out the very life out of the young seedling. Think about the cares of this world that are weighing you down. Are you over-committed? Are you in debt, living paycheck to paycheck? Are you fighting an illness that makes every day feel so heavy? Are relationship feuds filling your mind? If the cares of this life are weighing you down it may be because you are trying to control them. Trying to take the place of God in our own lives is one of the greatest temptations known to man. Our own Lord Jesus was offered this option of controlling His future instead of submitting to God. Imitating Christ’s example when He was tempted is crucial as we know He was tempted, but remained sinless. The defense He displayed is our best option. Answer your temptations with Scripture. Wake every morning with the reality that the day belongs to the Lord, and His return is imminent. Instead of trying to escape our troubles with alcohol or control them with manipulation, we must lay them at the feet of Jesus. Take His yoke upon you and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:29–30). Man does not live by bread alone (earthly solutions), but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. While the logistical solutions to our different situations may vary, we must always remember that our true strength, our true hope, and our true answers come from the very Word of God. 
DIG: Examine your heart to see what your greatest areas of temptation are today. 
DISCOVER: Find verses to combat these areas of weakness. Write one on a card and commit it to memory with daily recitation. 
 DISPLAY: Share your discovery with a friend asking him or her to hold you accountable.

About the Author

Lauren Chastain