Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

I have a friend who had a heat stroke while playing golf. I am not sure about the details, but I do remember that he became very dizzy and felt like he was going to pass out. He may have actually passed out for all I know. But, one thing remains from this episode. To this day, he is nervous about playing golf in extreme heat.

That makes perfect sense to me. However, I do not understand fully what a heat stroke feels like having never had one. I cannot empathize with his feelings in the moment when he is overcome with the feeling that he may be again having a heat stroke. I have even kidded him that he is too cautious. But, if it had happened to me, who knows how I would react?

Heat strokes are not fun. There is no one who is tempted to go out and have one. But, the use of heat stroke to discuss temptation is no accident. Temptation is the spiritual moment when the world around us, through the encouragement and support of the devil, turns up the heat.

Temptations seem to increase with the increase of the heat index. Summer time is ripe with tempting situations. James wrote in his epistle, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:14) Temptation is individual and personal, but it is also universal. Everyone is enticed by some kind of temptation.

Summer time seems to bring temptations into the open. Issues of modesty are obvious concerns. Summer time also tempts us to be lazy. Some are tempted to play and vacation without including the Lord’s day in their plans. Whatever your particular temptations happen to be, don’t let summer time make them worse.