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A Close Call

Read Psalms 69:1 through 73:28

In October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet ships approached Cuba to install nuclear missile launch sites on the island. The United States responded with a naval blockade and prepared to use military force if necessary. When the Soviets finally turned back, most Americans felt the country had narrowly escaped nuclear war.

Everyone has experienced what could be considered a “close call” at some point in life. Narrowly escaping an automobile accident, or nearly being caught in a lie, or almost failing a test leaves a lasting impression. While those close calls may be memorable, escaping the trap of sin should stand out as the most significant close call.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold (Psalm 73:2).

Temptation is common to all followers of Jesus, but resisting temptation and standing strong is a true victory. A heart of gratitude should overflow from the believer who finds the strength to be faithful and avoid sinful choices that could bring so much pain.

Prayer Suggestion: Thank God for giving you strength to endure temptation. Commit to serving Him.

Quicklook: Psalm 73:1–3


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