Beth titled this devotion: “Tempting Invitations” and the scripture text is Luke 4:1-13, other text referred to is: Luke 2:37, Genesis 3:1, Philippians 3:19. I’m so excited about these devotions – they have been food for my soul. Angie and I were talking this morning about some of the weekend devotions and she reread some of Beth’s thoughts aloud to me. We both were so encouraged!
I hope ya’ll are enjoying this as much as we are.
Some of you may not have the book, so the questions for today were: “1.) Why would God lead His Son into the desert immediately following His baptism? 2.) What have been some of your most obvious “wilderness seasons?” Do you remember what preceded them? How did they change you?”
I like the first words in vs. 1 of Luke 4. Let me share it. It says “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost…” I want to be filled to overflowing, too! Then He was lead into the wilderness on a 40 day fast. I have been on several fasts in my lifetime, but it has only been a few days at the time and I was in the air conditioning. I cannot imagine that length of time. And of course anytime we try to do something for God the old serpent has to show his ugly head.
I can tell you many times I’ve just came from a wonderful service at church and suddenly something happens or the devil tries to zap my joy. What about the children? – one might start a fight, the husband might be grouchy, or the dog sick. I like to read this scripture in Habakkuk 3:17-19. I often read it in the mornings. It say this: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Amen to that!
Beth does a comparison between Eve’s temptation in the Garden and Jesus in the wilderness. Both were tempted with food. They both were hungry. Like she said, “satan was trying to sow some doubt.” Has he tried this tactic on you? Well sista, I read the end of the book and it ain’t pretty for him. We are the winners! As long as, we keep the Lord of all, Lord-of-all!!!
My husband feels he needs to lose weight and over the years has tried many diets, but just the thought of it makes him hungry. I heard one man say, he told his doctor he couldn’t do any kind of exercise anymore, because it made him that much more hungry. Why is that? the doctor asked. The man replied, “As soon as, I start sweating, it smells like bacon frying and I get hungry again.”
Well, food can be a temptation, but maybe your temptation is something else. God wants us to hunger after more of Him, more than any other earthly desire. Jesus didn’t give into the temptations of satan in the wilderness, even though he could have. He fought temptation with the Word of God and we can do the same! You know the scripture in Isaiah 59:19b says: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Oh, I love that one!)
I read something a few days ago in a devotion and it said something like this, “Just because you are going through a trial, does not mean God’s inattention, it may mean you have His attention.
It goes along with one of Beth’s final points: “Seasons of intense temptation are not indications of God’s displeasure.” It may be only a test. (and it’s not from the Broadcast Network!) I hope I pass the one I’m in, so I don’t have to take a remedial course! Love you sisters!
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and teaching us. We “praise you in the storm” that we are facing. Thank you for your strong arms that surround us and when we feel wounded, the hands that tend to our wounds. Help us to stand strong and be covered with your armor and be ready for the temptations that come our way. May we hide your word in our hearts. In Jesus name – Amen.
Still Keeping the Faith,