So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32 NIV
Different from the priest in part one, this second man is a Levite. He is a caretaker of the temple, and an assistant to the priest. So, like the priest, this Levite is coming from church. Thus, the Levite has the same response. His want to remain ceremonially clean is so important that he avoids the man on the side of the road.
This Levite teaches us that defining moments are gifts from God if we can fight the enemy of human avoidance and anxiety. God will often package His purpose for our lives in encounters that will test our resistance.
There are times that He will only gift revelation to us for a moment. There is a reason that these defining moments are in this season, at this time, in this place. God will let us catch up to some blessings whenever we decide, but some blessings are one-time-only. God will only reveal certain things to us if we fight, with everything that we have, to pay attention.
Avoidance should be regarded for the danger that it brings to the life of the believer. God’s defining moments in our lives are going to challenge our anxiety. We will all have those days where what is in front of us causes so much tension and anxiety that we fight with everything we have to resist the urge to run in the opposite direction.
Anxiety will make you avoid many defining moments, but while you cannot avoid anxiety, you can decide not to avoid an opportunity. God has made us stronger than anxiety. Therefore, God has made us strong enough to grab the next opportunity for growth or revelation. He always gives us enough grace, mercy, and strength to overcome.
We don’t have to get so tangled up in anxiety that we are lulled into inactivity. We don’t have to avoid the things that make us afraid, stir up consternation, or gives us concern. We can grab enough faith—and we already have it—to overcome our mountain-sized problems with our mustard seed faith.