Sometimes we forget, or maybe never realised in the first place, that those who escaped from Egypt never reached the promised land. They wandered in the desert for 40yrs, and it was a new generation of children who crossed the river Jordan into Canaan.
Although the Israelites had been removed from the physical elements of slavery, it turned out to be quite difficult to remove the spiritual slavery from the Israelites. Even after escaping Egypt, their hearts were captivated by the idols of the past, and many died in the wilderness pursuing these gods.
Their story serves as a reminder to us today, just as it once did to those living in Corinth. It is ever so tempting to have our hearts captivated by the idols of our culture. Even those such as the Israelites, newly redeemed from Egypt, struggled with this reality. For many Christians today, we still struggle with the idols of POWER, CONTROL, FAMILY, GREED, COMFORT, APPROVAL.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Cor 10:12).
Where are you likely to fall? What idol is the one you might struggle with the most? Let me tell you, if you dismiss this question, and assure yourself that none are a real danger to you, then you’re probably fooling yourself!
But we can rest assured, that there are no temptations too great for us to resist. God is faithful, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. This is a great encouragement, but also places a great level of responsibility upon our shoulders as followers of Jesus.
So as you consider your own journey, and the realisation that we are no different to those who have gone before us…
What are the idols (temptations) that are most dangerous to your faith journey?
Do you see yourself as standing firm, or are you a little shaky right now in your faith?
What might need to be put into place for you to flee from the temptation of the idol?
Who might hold you accountable to this?