Advent Devotional – Monday, December 26, 2016 – What Is Tempting You?
4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. – Matthew 4:1-11
As I thought about all the things I needed to accomplish this week between work, family and church, I became bitter and angry. How did I let my life get so out of balance? When I took my new job, I knew it was going to be very demanding of my time for the first year. My family has been most understanding and helpful, yet I can see that my absence is wearing on them too.
So the guilt sets in and I try to fix it, only to the detriment of wearing myself out physically and also spiritually. First, Satan tempted me to quit reading my Bible; I could have the time to get more sleep. Second, he tempted me to leave church early to go to the store and get errands done so I could have more time. I taught my Sunday school class and the kid‘s class but then started a habit of not staying for the service. I was going, going, going, trying to make it work and leaving out the most important piece I needed: God.
I was becoming very negative, not wanting to go to church, and the thought of writing this devotional was dreaded. I did not have time to do it; I did not want to do it, and then I decided I was not going to do it. I looked up the scripture I was given and read Matthew 4 1-11 and woke up this morning with a new realization on my life.
I have slowly let Satan tempt me out of doing the things I know are right and that I needed to do. Without realizing it, I had let him win a few battles and he was leading me away from God. I did not like the person I was becoming. I had let Satan tempt me away from my Lord for what, some extra time to sleep, time to run errands, time to get work done? I told myself it was time I could spend with my family but that was another lie.
Right after Jesus was baptized God declares, ―This is my son in whom I am well pleased! Jesus was blessed, and then right after that, Satan came to tempt Jesus. When we receive great blessings, Satan is usually not far behind to tempt and take them away.
I had received a great blessing in my new job, at the school I wanted. I was on a spiritual high. I should have been aware that Satan would be on the attack. Shamefully, I admit I let Satan win a few battles, but he will NOT win the war. Thankfully I had this devotional to open my eyes to the reality of what was happening. Hopefully it will help you see your life in proper perspective as well.
What is drawing you away from God?
What is Satan tempting you with today?