“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” –Proverbs 10:25 (NIV)
I once used to walk through a forested path in order to go to school. It was great fun because it felt quite relaxing to walk underneath the boughs of the trees and I could see all manner of wildlife in the forest. One evening however there was a major storm which lasted throughout the night. When the next time I took the forested path, I was surprised to find that it had been obstructed by many fallen trees! What surprised me most is that these trees certainly did not look weak. They appeared to be healthy and rooted firmly in the ground, and I felt safe walking under them. But as I looked at their roots I could see that perhaps they were not grounded firmly enough. For all their appearances of strength they actually proved to be weak in the face of the storm.
When the winds of temptation blow, will we stand firm? Sometimes we may feel as if we are powerless in our fight against sin. Trying to overcome our wickedness by our own strength our initial tenacity turns into discouragement in the face of countless defeats and wonder why we even bother. Thus we give into sin and allow its destructive grip to crush us and toss us about. But this does not have to be our fate. There is victory over sin and we can remain strong under the pressures of temptation. This victory and strength does not come from within us, but solely on our reliance in Christ. When we have allowed His Spirit to enter our hearts and seek to live by His power in us, we will not be shaken. To be rooted in Christ and in His Word is a sure defence against being uprooted by temptation. By choosing to remain in Christ we will find a strength that will never be taken away from us. Though the winds of temptation may buffet us, we will remain unmoved as Christ works out His righteousness through us when we choose to abide in Him.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.