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Escape and Evasion – Rude Dude?

Avoiding TemptationKey Bible Verse: So guard yourself; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15

Bonus Reading: Proverbs 5:15-23

In the mid-’90s, Sports Illustrated did a cover feature entitled “St. David,” on David Robinson, the MVP center for the San Antonio Spurs.

One segment described how Robinson handled himself, as a professing Christian, husband, and father, in the midst of the NBA’s intense temptations. For example, during television breaks, he’d sit on the bench and stare studiously at the floor to avoid looking at the gyrating cheerleaders out on the court.

The article also mentioned that like all NBA players, Robinson was constantly being approached by attractive women who wanted to talk to him … and were probably offering more than just witty conversation. Apparently, he would rather brusquely brush them off.

When asked to comment on that seemingly “rude” practice, he said something like this: “If any woman is going to get her feelings hurt, it’s not going to be my wife.”

A protector and hero in action.

Each day your wife and mine hold out to us their intense, God-given, little-girl desire (and right) to be treasured. Each day she’s threatened on all sides by an offensive and abusive world. And each day—with kind words and faithful eyes—we, too, can be our wife’s protector and hero.

—Jeff Feldhahn in For Men Only

My Response: Can my wife feel confident that I have eyes only for her?

Thought to Apply: Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.—H.L. Mencken (journalist)

Adapted from For Men Only (Multnomah, 2006)

Prayer for the Week: Lord, our culture preys on my vulnerabilities. I need Your strength to stand tall and true.



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