As the Union Pacific Railroad was being constructed, an elaborate trestle bridge was built across a large canyon in the West.

Wanting to test the bridge, the builder loaded a train with enough extra cars and equipment to double its normal payload. The train then was driven to the middle of the bridge, where it stayed an entire day.

One worker asked, “Are you trying to break this bridge?”

“No,” the builder replied, “I’m trying to prove the bridge won’t break.”

In the same way, the temptations Jesus faced weren’t designed to see if He would sin, but to prove He couldn’t.
(Today in the Word, 3-14-91)


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He had finally got his chance to make the Really Big Sale. He was going into the final interview on the biggest contract he had ever written. As he was ushered into the office of the executive buyer, an assistant brought coffee and left. The atmosphere was cordial, and he knew he was giving his best presentation ever.

Then the assistant tapped on the door, re-entered the office and spoke briefly with the executive. She stood and said, “I apologize, but I have to tend to a matter. I’ll just be a minute or two.” She followed her assistant out of the room.

The sales representative looked around the beautifully appointed office. He saw family pictures on her desk. Then he noticed a contract on her desk. She had evidently been studying a bid from a competitor. Leaning forward, he could see the column of figures, but it was obscured by a diet soda can.

He was tempted to move the can and see the bottom line of his competitor’s bid. What harm possibly could there be in reading her private information? After all, she had left it out in plain sight, almost. After wrestling with himself a while, he finally decided to take a peek.

As he lifted the soda can, he discovered the can wasn’t filled with soda at all. Instead it was a bottomless can filled with 1,000 BBs which gushed out, and ran all over the desk and cascaded onto the carpet. His attempt to short-cut the competition was exposed.

Not every temptation is so obvious. Not every failure is so embarrassing. Still, every temptation is a challenge. (Mickey Anders, Six Flags Over Jesus)


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A little boy named Bobby desperately wanted a new bicycle. His plan was to save his nickels, dimes and quarters until he finally had enough to buy a new 10-speed. Each night, he asked God to help him save his money. Kneeling beside his bed, he prayed, “Dear Lord, please help me save my money for a new bike; and please, Lord, don’t let the ice cream man come down the street again tomorrow.” (Lee Griess, Taking the Risk out of Dying)


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