By Linda Veath
Since I moved into my subdivision, Mr. Nellie — my 65-pound terrier-mix mutt — spends much of his time announcing loudly and ferociously that he is “King of the Subdivision.” His “subjects” are squirrels, rabbits, cats, beagles, basset hounds, fluffy “froo-froo” dogs, boxers, and a variety of other small mixed mutts. He barks and growls whenever he sees them, especially when we are walking. With one exception.
Mr. Nellie does not bark at Buddy — a 150-pound lab mastiff mix.
Even if Buddy is barking furiously at him, in spite of quivering muscles and a glint in his eye, Mr. Nellie will ignore Buddy completely. Obviously Mr. Nellie is no dummy. He knows when to flee temptation and danger.
Oh, that we would do the same!
And we can. God has promised us that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. That He will provide for us a way out of the temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) But He also knows that there are some temptations so dangerous that our way out is to FLEE from them.
Flee fornication …. 1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV
Wherefore my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry …. 1 Corinthians 10:14 KJV
For the love of money is the root of all evil … But thou, O man of God, flee these things … 1 Timothy 6:10-11 KJV
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow