The Ice Cream Man


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1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”

2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts”

Little Jeffrey was trying his best to save enough money to buy his mother a birthday present. It was a terrible struggle because he gave in so easily to the temptation to buy goodies from the ice cream man whenever the brightly colored van came through the neighborhood. One night after his mother had tucked him in bed, she overheard him praying, “Please, dear God, help me to run away when the ice cream man comes down our street tomorrow.” Even at his young age he had learned that one of the best ways to overcome temptation is to avoid what appeals to our weaknesses.

All believers in Christ are tempted to sin. Yet, they need not give in to the temptation. The Lord provides the way to be victorious over evil enticements (1 Corinthians 10:13). However, we must do our part. Sometimes that involves avoiding situations that would contribute to our spiritual defeat. The apostle Paul writing to his son in the faith admonished Timothy to run away from the evil desires of youth. He was to keep his distance from temptations that might, because of their strong appeal, cause him to yield. My beloved that is good advice! If possible, we should never let ourselves be in the wrong places or with people who will tempt us to do the things we should be avoiding. Be very quick to run from the “ice cream man”!

Closing thoughts:

The following story appeared in a newspaper many years ago concerning Wanda Johnson, a single mother with five children. She was on her way to the pawn shop, where she was hoping to get a loan of $60 for her TV set. Then something bizarre happened. As an armored truck filled with sacks of money drove past her, its rear door flew open, and a bag dropped out. Wanda stopped and picked up the sack. When she counted the cash, she found that it totaled $160,000. A battle raged in her soul. That money would pay all her bills and provide for the needs of her children. However, it wasn’t hers to keep. After a fierce 4-hour struggle with her moral convictions, Wanda called the police and turned in the money. Her sense of doing the right thing won a victory over the temptation to keep what wasn’t hers. My beloved, how strong is your moral fiber? Will it break down if you are faced with an enticing chance to do something wrong? Adam and Eve, as well as Jesus, were attacked by Satan on three fronts:

The lust of the flesh.
The lust of the eyes, and
The pride of life (1 John 2:16)

Our first parents succumbed to the serpent’s solicitation (Genesis 3:1-6). Jesus Christ did not (Matthew 4:1-11). No matter what evil is pressuring us, let’s follow Jesus’ example and do what’s right.

Every temptation is an opportunity to trust God