Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, alone in the desert. I can only imagine how he must have felt physically, emotionally and spiritually. Feeling very hungry, tired, lonely, exhausted, probably even anxious and desperate.
While the devil was taking Him to the highest point of the temple, I can imagine Jesus wondering if going through all that, and being faithful and obedient til the end was even worth it. And then, the devil’s voice again whispering what could have been an easy way out for Jesus.
“If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ”
The devil loves to misuse the Grace of God and make us believe a twisted truth. Jesus had to be strong and courageous to the end, in obedience to the will of the Father.
Maybe you too have felt desperate, tired, lonely, anxious and so desperate that you’ve come to a point where you start believing that voice telling you that since you’re a christian you could end it all now and that everything would be fine…
I want you to know that you’re not the only one who ever felt that way and that even Jesus was tempted to take the easy way out. He knows how loneliness feels…
I want you to look at Jesus’ response with me and I pray that once God opens your eyes to the Truth, you will never believe that lie of an easy way out again.
Jesus replied: The Scriptures also say: you must not test the Lord your God.
How was that temptation of jumping off, testing the Lord? Well, let’s look back a little bit. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 which says:
“You must not test the Lord your God as you did when you complained at Massah.”
What was the people of Israel complaining about at Massah? This takes us back to Exodus 17, when God had brought them to a place where there was no water. The people of Israel complained for not having anything to drink… but how does this relate to testing the Lord? Let’s get to verse 7 and see!
Moses named the place Massah (which means “test”) and Meribah (which means “arguing”) because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord here with us or not?”
IS THE LORD HERE WITH US OR NOT? They were judging God’s presence by their circumstances!! They were testing God!
I had always thought of “testing the Lord” as Gideon had done by asking signs from God. But when we doubt God’s Presence with us because of our circumstances, we are testing the Lord. We are opening a door to the enemy’s voice whose only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you and everything that God has made.
Satan will tempt you to test the Lord by doubting His presence with you based on how you feel, and based on your expectations… which will ultimately make you do things that you should never do.
Never doubt God’s presence in your life! He has promised to be with you wherever you go, to take you by your right hand and to never leave you nor forsake you. Feel it or not, THAT is the TRUTH, and He is no man that he should lie.
So be encouraged today, that you are not alone, and that your temptations have also been lived and felt by Jesus. Take heart, He is with you and forget the easy way out! The narrow path leads you to LIFE!
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