Sometimes, in the process of waiting, our emotions work overtime. There’s something about not getting instant gratification that causes a person to want something even more.
Kind of like when I go on a diet. Everyone else is eating chocolate cake, but I can’t have any. I watch them eat the cake and fantasize about having a gigantic slice. From the looks on their faces, it appears to be one of the sweetest, lightest, fluffiest, moistest cakes in the entire universe!
As I watch them enjoying the cake, I start wondering why in the world I’m depriving myself of such yummy goodness! I start telling myself things like “She’s eating cake and it’s not hurting her!” And maybe I’ll give myself a little “I DESERVE to eat cake! I parked at the bottom of the parking lot at Walmart this morning!” I try to resist, but temptation overcomes me. I cut a nice, thick slice. I pick up my fork, wanting desperately to eat the entire piece in one bite, but I hold back. As I place the appropriately sized bite into my mouth, my eyes close in ecstasy.
OMG! The first bite is the most amazing, best bite of cake I believe I’ve ever tasted! The way it melted in my mouth. The way it SO satisfied my desires. I must say, the first few bites were indescribable! Then something happened!
After about four bites, suddenly the cake wasn’t quite as tasty as it once was! I began to feel nauseous. The sugar rush, that once felt amazing, now left me feeling drained and guilty! I’m fairly certain that minute or two of pleasure was hardly worth the discomfort and guilt I had afterwards. I really wish I’d thought before I reacted. I thought I deserved cake! But do I deserve to feel like this?! Such as it is with sin.
When we know something is forbidden yet we do it anyway, like eating too much cake, or having sex outside marriage, or gossiping; OH, they feel mighty fine! But the good feelings those things may produce in the beginning ALWAYS, beyond a shadow of a doubt, fade leaving us feeling drained and guilt ridden. Sin is fun! But only for a season.
Sin is also a choice. We can choose to live in guilt and shame, or we can choose to live in freedom. And that freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ! His Word and the Holy Spirit gives us all we need to live a life free from sin! We are going to mess up, but when we take time to think and pray before we act, It makes our lives much easier! Not to mention, there’s nothing too big (or too little) for God to handle! That being said, the next time that chocolate cake is screaming at you, or that beefcake is beckoning you? Tell them to BACK THE HECK OFF! Tell them you’ve got a God that’s bigger than them and you ain’t afraid to use Him!
But remember this—the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it. 1 Corinthians 10:13