Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Jeff was now forced to live on the streets for weeks. He began sleeping in old vehicles and living off food scraps. Sometimes it’s difficult to reconcile Bible verses with some of the tragedy of things that take place in the world. However, the following verse rings true when viewed in its proper context,
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.
The Lord knows His own and He provides for them. He gets us through – somehow. Sometimes it’s only when we have crossed over on dry ground and have reached the other side that we can turn just in time to see the sea engulf our troubled past along with the bloodthirsty enemies that pursue us. Thus the hand of God gives us a reassuring wave.
Jeff had to negotiate the sinking sands of life in a nation at war with itself. Implosion! Says Jeff,
At the age of nine or ten years the Rebels were recruiting and I was living on the street at that time. I had nowhere to go and I had no food to eat. I was so tempted to join the Rebel Forces because I saw a lot of my age group and also friends of mine on the Rebel’s side.
We can only say that the hand of God stayed Jeff. A roof over your head, food to eat, friends and an AK47 to shoot people with! Who could resist?
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Just like those kids in the couple of movies we mentioned earlier (i.e., Machinegun Preacher and Blood Diamond), the Rebels would drive around with dilated-pupiled kids on the backs of pick-up trucks armed to their baby teeth with guns and supplied with reality-distorting drugs. Jeff witnessed the damage done, the brutality, the carnage. He saw man’s inhumanity to man,
I saw dead bodies lying all over the place, on the street, on the beaches and on the sideway of the road. I also saw Rebels arguing about the sex of a pregnant woman’s baby and I watched them murder her just to check the sex of the baby! How evil can man be? As a kid seeing all those things at that time has made me numb to any situation because I have seen enough. Sometimes I feel like the world we are living in has no more good in it, because the evil is more than the good.
The depth of human depravity is a bottomless pit full of scorpions and venomous serpents! Evil curiosity killed the woman, that poor pregnant and helpless woman. Torturous! Murderous! Atrocious! Diabolical! And it would seem that a babe in its mother’s womb is only as safe as the restraint of evil in the world. Lord, help us!
Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
However, Jesus says to those who belong to Him, i.e., He says to all of God’s children,
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
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