Escape Routes

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2 Peter 2:9a).

From the time my children were old enough to understand, fire drills were part of our homeschool safety lessons. Sounding the smoke alarm, I instructed each child how to escape in the event of a house fire. My children always thought it was great fun to climb out their bedroom window and meet outside at our flag pole. In fact, they each learned their escape routes so well that it only took a matter of seconds to vacate the house.

As my children grew into their teens, I realized they faced another danger as hazardous as fire – peer pressure. Knowing they needed an escape route to walk away from ungodly temptations, I said, “Whenever you find yourself in a bad situation and you need to get out, you can use me for an excuse. Don’t let others lead you into sin or just sit there and get burned. Get out as soon as you smell the smoke and say, ‘I have to go home early tonight,’ or ‘My parents need help at home.’”

God also provides an escape route when Satan tempts His children. Knowing we are not able to say “no” in our own strength, God makes a way for us to run from evil before it consumes us. Whether we struggle with procrastination, discouragement, or impure thoughts, 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “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.” Let the Lord reveal your personal escape route from the temptation you’re facing today. Then, get out as fast as you can!

Father, my flesh is weak and sin’s desires seem so appealing. Help me to walk in obedience to Your Word and show me the way to escape the temptations that are causing me to sin against You. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

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P S 09/06/2010 16:58:01

I am thankful for this devo today. When I get overwhelmed with my day my way out is ten minutes in my room. I often announce, \"I\'m in for ten!\" The Word says ; If you seek me you shall find me. For me that a plead to God and a refocusing, a thank you Lord and I move on.

LAURA P 09/03/2011 10:46:26

As usual, God is right on time with this one, both for me, and my children. Thank you.

TRACEY D 09/03/2012 06:30:44

Yes, it does speak volumes, thank you. I have a graduating senior this year and he knows the Lord and has a relationship with Him, but the fire drill is a good plan and the excuse for the parents need him at home is great. Peer pressure today from the outside world is tremedous and hazardous, but the escape route sounds like the best plan. Amen!

PAULA A 09/03/2012 12:59:58

I appreciate this devotional because I remember when I was able to \"blame\" my parents and say, \"I\'ve got to go home. My mom will be mad if I\'m late\", which was true. But I also knew that somehow my mom would find out if I disobeyed her. Or I wouldn\'t be able to lie to her. Having parents who are consistent and hold kids accountable is a good thing. I look back on those years and I know that I used my parents as an excuse to get out of some if-fy situations.

TABITHA J 09/04/2012 12:05:19

It is good when parents do act like PARENTS around their kids instead of acting like their buddy.

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