Take Heed Lest He Fall
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
The ancient Israelites had promised to obey God and be faithful to Him (Exodus 24:3). Each time they sinned and God picked them up again, they probably thought they could stand on their own. But each time they soon succumbed to temptation again.
So, the apostle Paul warned the Christians in Corinth—and us today—to beware the same dangers.
Instead of looking down on the ancient Israelites and thinking we would never have given in to such temptations, we should redouble our efforts to resist the same traps. We must be aware of Satan’s proven devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
If we think we are strong and cannot be tempted, then we are in grave danger. As Solomon wrote, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
For more about dealing with temptations, see “Temptation” in the “Deadly Sins” series. For more about pride, see “The Pharisee and the Tax Collector.”