Tourist Trap

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Family Reunion

This week I took a road trip to South Carolina to visit my son, (who recently returned from an overseas deployment with the Air Force), and his family. This week’s devotional comes to you straight from the United States Air Force base in Charleston, South Carolina which is only fitting as the trip itself inspired this week’s devo.

Ten months has passed since I last saw my son, so to say I was eager to get here would be a major understatement. While he was away, I spent many days thinking about this trip and the time we would spend together. I thought about all the ways I would spoil my 2 little granddaughters, Mia and Addison.

We, (my wife Stephanie, our 11 year old son Christian and myself), left at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for the 10 hour drive…or so we thought.

Tourist Trap

    Things started out great as we cruised along with a 70 mile per hour speed limit… then I needed gas. I pulled into a service plaza and the first thing my 11 year son said was, “I’ve never seen such an awesome service plaza.” I had to admit, neither had I.

It had so many fast food restaurants and souvenir shops. I did not know where to begin. I wanted to make sure I did not miss anything. We finally made our way back to our car and continued on but it was difficult because every couple of miles there were signs at the exits for all sorts of attractions. Not to mention the little mom and pop pastry shops or homemade dark chocolate covered strawberries.

There were so many things to see, so many places to stop and shop and even more places to eat. I stopped at multiple service plazas and looked at more trinkets and coffee mugs and state magnets than any man should.

Then a voice in my spirit spoke to me clearly and reminded me of the real purpose for this trip: my final destination, the long awaited visit with my son. But the voice did not stop there. It opened my eyes to how we get distracted in our walk and forget the real purpose of our life, our final destination.

Not our home

We are just visitors passing through on our way to heaven. Our mission is to live out our faith and tell others, but Satan sets up these little tourist traps filled with all kinds of trinkets and food for our flesh.

We continuously stop along the way, sidetracked from our mission. This has happened to me more than once over the years until I wise up and see it for what it is. Satan’s trinkets never compare to what I am giving up to browse his wares. His distractions are never as good as they seem and cost more than I am willing to pay.

The same was true of the trinkets at the service plazas. From 10 feet away the items looked great but upon closer inspection, they were cheaply made and overpriced.

As soon as the voice enlightened me and reminded me of my final destination, I ignored all the tourist traps and headed straight for Charleston.

Get back on track

If you’ve been fooled by Satan and his trinkets, don’t beat yourself up. He is really good at his game. He has been doing it a long time. Remember the Garden of Eden?

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning,

your minds may somehow be led astray from

your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

(2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

Sound Advice

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”

(Proverbs 4:25-27 ESV)

Sin will take you further than you want to go,

keep you longer than you want to stay,

and cost your more than you want to pay

Don’t Get Trapped

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