Last weekend we hosted EMB 2.0 in San Diego. If you haven’t heard, it was an alumni event open to anyone who has attended an EMB workshop. We had guys there who went to EMB 10 years ago to as recent as 2 weeks ago. It was a great crowd. There was an energy and relaxed feel to the room the entire weekend. You could see that some guys were walking in a new freedom; a new life that was birthed at EMB 1.0.
At breakfast one morning a gentleman shared with me a few details of his journey thus far. After 40+ years of sexual addiction, he attended EMB in 2010 and began to faithfully walk out what God was calling him to. He lamented the difficulty of not going back to the addiction and the reality that sometimes he misses it. In fact, over the weekend, he had plans in the back of his mind to act out with an old mistress. He was determined to stay the course, yet struggled with giving in to the thoughts of acting out.
Then God showed up.
While considering how to engage the old addictive patterns this man pondered the opportunity to leave the workshop premises and drive to meet someone. On the way to the workshop he noticed his transmission acting up a bit though. Once he arrived on site, he got out of his car, entered the hotel and checked in. When he went back out to move his car it wouldn’t engage. The transmission simply would not go into gear. HE COULDN’T LEAVE. So he called a towing company and the car towed to a repair shop.
Later, he again was struggling with temptation. He began thinking about texting a woman. “Maybe she could just meet me here, at the hotel”, he thought. In the meantime he needed to respond to a legitimate text, so he took out his phone, clicked into the text screen and began typing. When he hit send, the phone responded with a message indicating text service was unavailable. HE COULDN’T TEXT. He literally showed me the phone that morning and attempted to send a text. I witnessed the phone message and the inability to use text service.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a story like this. God is faithful. He will show up. We have to look for Him. When you’re tempted, take time to think about why, and consider how God might be offering you a way out.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.