Sunday 10th March 2019
Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16,
Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13
The Temptation of Christ
Some thoughts on today's scripture
In the wilderness Jesus did not engage with the devil’s temptations. He simply quoted the Word of God in scripture. God’s Word has power, even over the demons.
Jesus’ experience teaches us that there is nothing wrong with being tempted. It’s how we react to the temptation that matters. A short prayer or a quote from God’s Word will help us let it go. For example: ‘Lead me not into temptation’ or ‘I must forgive, not once but seventy times.
"My refuge." God is our "refuge." He who avails himself of a refuge is one who is forced to flee. It is a quiet retreat from a pursuing enemy. And there are trials, and temptations, and enemies, from which the Christian does best to flee. He cannot resist them. They are too strong for him. His wisdom is to flee into the refuge of the secret place of his God -- to rest in the shadow of the Almighty.