Why do temptations haunt us at all times? Could they be waiting for the moment when we are most vulnerable?
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
Absorption. It is the first evidence of a person who finds it difficult to open up to others and tell their truth or their problem, or what ails them and does not allow them to enjoy life at that moment. It is there that we must be attentive to our friends and offer company and a word of encouragement: let them know that they are not alone.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13
Weakness of spirit. That self-absorption becomes weakness of spirit, since it is part of the result of remaining inattentive to the Word of God, having turned away from the way of the Lord. Weakness of spirit can quickly become a lack of Faith, and Faith is a gift that is continually cultivated.
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
Lack of self-confidence. This particular affection finds its root in the loss of Faith, in believing in the fact that we will not be able to face the temptation; in doubting our own capacity even with the support of Christ. Unfortunately in that instance, we can come to think that even God, mediating through us, will not be victorious when facing a simple temptation.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Loss of objectivity. All this accumulation of questions leads us to the loss of objectivity: who we are and what we can achieve. Of course, at this point, we do not have confidence in God either, which will result in us falling into the trap of temptations, ending that journey at the final stop, sin.