Sugar Smash, by Jason Salyers
Waking up, progressing downstairs, mobile phone in hand, the day begins with the coffee button depressed, and since wakefulness has not completely materialized, a quick game on the mobile device in which little candy pieces are moved into alignment and destroyed. In this “sugar smash” game (the real name has been changed to protect the innocent…), one must destroy pieces of candy in an effort to clear the screen. The levels have progressed onward and multiple challenges have occurred.
However, this game involves frustration. Just when an individual thinks they are going to win the level and move onward to the next challenge, the right pieces of candy do not materialize, or the moves run out. Obviously, the fault for this unsuccessful venture rests solely on the game itself; or does it?
The majority of the time levels seem unconquerable: early morning, late at night, or when hastily playing. In other words, the levels become harder when tired or in a rush. Discovering this, application presents itself towards the life of a believer.
The Apostle Paul urged the Corinthian believers to understand a foundational principle in regards to temptation; “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). Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, a promise given to all men: “God is Faithful.”
In a silly game like “sugar smash,” men and women get frustrated because the “game just does not give us what we need!” Which, in the case of the game, may be true. With God though, God has “granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).” God grants to the believer, what the believer needs, but because of exhaustion or hastening “to-and-fro” believers can miss what God has provided.
Paul told the Corinthian church “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33). This verse directly applies to the worship service, but the principle can also be applied to an individual’s life. God does not attempt to frustrate or confuse His children. Instead, when temptations or trials in life occur, believers must recognize God grants an avenue of escape and endurance.
Problems in this life are greater and more significant than “I need to get a speckled candy!” Believers become discouraged when tired, frustrated, or rushing. God is faithful though, and He will always be there for His followers:
“Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. (Psalm 118:5-7)”