Brothers and Sisters,
Here are some random thoughts I had while reading my bible and praying on this weeks Gospel Reading from Luke:
This weekend we hear about our Lord being tempted by Satan (Luke 4:1-13) after he spent 40 days and nights fasting in the desert. Yet as weak as he had to be he withstood those temptations. I find it interesting that these temptations are very similar to issues that faced the Israelites after they left Egypt. They wandered in the desert 40 years, Jesus was in the desert 40 days and nights.
Satan tempted Jesus who had to be hungry saying he would turn stones into bread just like Israelites challenged Moses and ultimately God when they said “Why did God lead us out to wander in the desert and starve”, God had pity on them and gave them manna (bread from heaven) (Deuteronomy 8:3) and Christ replied “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”.
Then Satan tempted Christ saying that if he would bow down and honor him that Satan would give him the world basically, the Israelites were to a point that they were thirsty giving up on their God thinking he may not be real and Moses was fearful of his life. The Lord instructed Moses to strike a rock he has led him to and water flowed from it. (Deuteronomy 6:16 & Exodus 17:1) The Lord’s reply was that “You shall worship the Lord your God and him alone shall you serve”
Satan then tempted our Lord suggesting if he throw himself off the temple to see if God’s angles would come to save him, the Israelites were told to fear the Lord and not forget who removed them from the yoke of slavery. (Deuteronomy 6:13) Christ told Satan “You shall not put the Lord God to the test”.
While we don’t face these drastic temptations we, at least I know I do, face Satan’s temptations every day. Bitterness, anger, greed, pride just to name a few. I find hope in the fact that if I keep up my daily pray life grace is there to help protect me from these shortcomings. I also find hope in the fact that if I do fall, Christ is always there to forgive me and help me begin again. Do you have a daily prayer plan? I try to give at least 1% of each day to our Savior in prayer. That is just short of 15 minutes, I find it helps me a lot as I go through the week. If I miss a day and I sometimes do, I don’t beat myself up I just try harder to get back in the habit.
I hope you all have a blessed Lent, please keep me in your prayers as you are in mine.
God bless! Dan