Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Title: Putting God to the test
By Wong King Wai
Luke 4:9-12 – 9 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.’”
In Luke chapter 4 verses 1 to 13 we read about Jesus’ wilderness experience and temptation. He had not eaten for 40 days and was very hungry. Satan tempted him by firstly asking him to make stone into bread to satisfy his hunger and then Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in a moment and said that if Jesus would worship him all those would be given to Jesus. Jesus resisted both by quoting Bible verses.
However, the last temptation, in verses 9 to 11, is something I believe you and I can relate to most, because who hasn’t among us tested God time after time? How often have we made deals and bargains with Jesus to give us something in exchange for something else? How often do we misuse the Bible for our own gain and use it against someone either to exert control or subjugate another?
I think the verses about how Jesus, although hungry and in a weakened state, was able to withstand the temptations tell us several things.
When hungry, tired and weak, don’t make any rash decisions. Try to keep a focused and controlled mind, and recall the comforting words that God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8) and that He is the Good Shepherd taking care of you (Psalm 23).
Also, always check yourself if you’re using the Bible for your own needs and to control others because you might be testing God, believing he will “bail” you out when you are in trouble due to your own sinfulness.
And most importantly, recognise that Satan always tempts you in a weakened state so make sure you have a support group like a care group, a Christian fellowship or an accountability partner who you can reach out to and ask for prayers and support. Nobody said being a Christian is a journey of a solo traveller. We are a community that works together and supports each other.
PRAYER: My Father in heaven, thank You for reminding me to never test You and also that when weak, tired and hungry, You provide us strength, hope and joy through Your son Jesus and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me to know that You understand my weaknesses and have provided me the help I need. Give me courage to reach out and receive what you have given me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
9 魔鬼又领他到耶路撒冷去，叫他站在殿顶上，（顶原文作翅）对他说，你若是神的儿子，可以从这里跳下去。10 因为经上记着说，主要为你吩咐他的使者保护你。11 他们要用手托着你，免得你的脚碰在石头上。12 耶稣对他说，经上说，不可试探主你的神。
此外，您要常省察自己是否为了自己的需要而用圣经去控制他人，因为若是如此，您可能是在试探上帝，以为祂会在您因自己的罪孽而陷入困境时 “保释” 您。