The Bombardment of Temptations
GALAGA is a game that seems like it’ll never stop.
It is a constant bombardment of hostile aliens (that curiously look like moths and bees) descending down on you, like so many other space-themed games and rip-offs.
They duck and weave and curl, ever coming for you in a cascade of brightly-coloured menace.
Temptations can be no different.
We think we have the patterns worked out, but then they find a new way to bombard us and shimmy around our defences, no matter how quick we think we are.
That small bit of gossip we know; that unpleasant thought about a person; that program/show we’ve just downloaded that we didn’t pay for- those things that stir your conscience and make you feel uneasy- they’re temptations.
It’s vital to keep an eye out for the “aliens of temptations” that creep up behind you.
These are the ones that are off screen for a moment, or out of consideration in your life currently, which may just happen flick back onto your radar without warning.
In Galaga, there is that capture beam thing fired by an enemy ship that, if you’re caught by it, seems to rob you of a life.
If you’re captured by a temptation, a slave to it, it’ll rob you of life as it consumes all you do.
There are temptations that seem controllable, then at the last minute they fire an extra shot.
It could be that “one extra drink” or that “little bit of innocent flirting”. Just because you conquer one doesn’t mean a hundred others aren’t already descending, Galaga-style.
As you play along in life, new ones crop up, like aliens you’ve not seen before, moving and slithering in ways you haven’t encountered.
It all sounds so imposing. But then, so does a wall of neatly arranged insect-aliens hovering above you when all you’ve got is a single-firing spaceship.
Temptations need to be shut down, or shot down in space-ship terms, before they get close. Move out the way and don’t get touched by them.
What ammunition should you use against temptation you may ask? Prayer is a big one, as is Bible memorisation.
Loading up on verses that can be fired when something sinister appears is a definite winner. God promises to help us in times of temptation, and better yet, says we won’t be tempted beyond what we can take.
In Galaga terms- there’ll never be more aliens on the screen than we can handle.
It’s only with God’s guiding, steady hand that you can overcome them and shut them down.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13