Why Take Heed Lest I Fall? (Part 1)

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)

12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Well, the summer months are over and we are finished with memorizing Ephesians 2:1-10.  If you did not finish the Ephesians passage or didn’t even start it, then just let it go… ahem, let me clear my throat… “Let it go, let it go, can’t go back anymore, let it go, let it go, turn away and close that door!”  Forget what lies behind and move forward to what’s ahead.  (I don’t say that flippantly, I just know that what we didn’t do in the past can often keep us from doing it today.  So, let it go.)

For the month of September, we will begin to hide 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 in our hearts.  As your kids go back to school and as new TV shows premiere, renew your commitment to memorize His living Word for the last four months of 2014.  Commit to giving Him ten minutes a day, everyday, to memorize His Word.  You won’t regret it!  Okay, let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians 10:12.

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”  Why does Paul write these words in verse 12?  Well, when you read all of chapter 10, you will see that the apostle Paul has just finished writing about the Israelites coming out of Egypt.  And what he says is that although ALL the Israelites witnessed the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, the wondrous manna raining down from heaven and the gallons of drinking water gushing out of a rock - although they ALL experienced these miraculous events (and more), Paul writes that God was not pleased with MOST of them!

Why was God not pleased with the majority of them?  It was simply because they continually distrusted and turned away from Him even after experiencing, not just once but multiple times, His powerful and personal care for them.  Whenever the Israelites lives became difficult, they immediately doubted God’s love and even attributed evil motives to God for their difficult life circumstances (Numbers 14:1-4).

You would think that after seeing God work powerfully in your life that your love and devotion for God would increase.  That makes sense, doesn’t it?  But that’s not what happened to the Israelites.  Thus, Paul tells the Corinthians, “Hey guys, if the Israelites devotion to God did not increase even in the midst of God clearly showing Himself to them; then take heed of yourselves.  Learn from their example that even when God is working powerfully in your life, you are still susceptible to trusting in yourself rather than God.  Take heed, lest you fall.”

Now, I have a question for us to think about until next time:  Why are we vulnerable to distrusting our loving Father even after we see Him work powerfully in our lives?