Banana peels are messy when stepped on.
Thankfully it’s not common to see one on the sidewalks, but there’s a lot of spiritual “banana peels” on a disciple’s path every day. And the danger is, getting too comfortable with their presence may lead to an unexpected “slip & fall”. Paul described it this way:
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV
As we walk along each day, there can be familiar “gaps in the concrete” and “uneven surfaces”. However, the familiar is exactly where trouble can show up. Paul continued his thoughts with the next verse:
“No temptation has overtaken you except such is common to man…” – 1 Corinthians 10:13a NKJV
The context of those comments (v. 12-13) is related to the story of the Hebrews in the Old Testament. He had just referenced them in verses 1-11 and their snares were familiar and forbidden, not sudden surprises. He finishes verse 13 with this:
“…but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13b NKJV
Just because the path is familiar, doesn’t mean a new “banana peel” isn’t waiting around the corner. Take heed…