Friday, June 15, 2012

Putting the Lord to the Test

Luke 4:9-13 (ESV)
And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, [10] for it is written,
" 'He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,'
[11] and
" 'On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.' "
[12] And Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.' " [13] And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

You shall not put the Lord your God to the test. There have been times I wish there had been someone around to remind me of this. I do think my guardian angel has had to work overtime on more than one occasion. And quite often for no other reason than that I was being a fool. We are not to put the Lord our God to the test. Yet too often we do. And often enough, we think it is God that fails the test when everything hits the fan. No, we have failed. Jesus doesn’t fall for it. The people would have followed him faster than he knew what to do. But he doesn’t test the Lord. And the devil retreats to find a more opportune time. He makes a return when Jesus begins speaking about going to Jerusalem.

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