"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).
The red flags were all there. As a homeschooling parent, you would have thought I would have seen the little signs much sooner — struggling in daily work but getting straight "A's" on quizzes and tests, erased answers on tests, the desire to correct their own work, and teacher keys in the wrong place on the shelf. My trust in my children blinded me to the fact that they ever would succumb to the temptation to take the easy way out and cheat. It was a sad day when I found out the truth.
God tempered my discipline of my children that day with the knowledge that I, too, take the easy way out in many areas of my life. I often think my secret little sins of laziness, procrastination, and overeating will not find me out, and I continue ignoring God in the areas of my life where He wants to discipline me.
How about you? Are you cheating on preparing your lesson plans, your devotion time with the Lord, or some personal habit that is robbing God of His glory? "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:18). Christ understands what you are going through because He suffered the same types of temptations when He was on Earth. Praise God that He has provided a way for us to win over temptations! "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Look for the way of escape today. Make no provision for the flesh.
Lord, don't let me cheat You out of all You desire for me. Show me those areas of my life that I need to bring under Your Lordship. Thank You for Your forgiveness each time I fail. Help me to see the way of escape and take the strength You provide to be obedient to You and Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.