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.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年4月14日
标题:试探上帝
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

路加福音4:9-12
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。

路加福音第4章第1至13节,我们看到耶稣在旷野受试探的经历。祂已经40天没吃东西了,非常饿。撒旦试探祂,先让祂把石头变成面包充饥,继而向耶稣展示世上所有的王国,并说如果耶稣拜他,就把这一切都赐给耶稣。耶稣引用圣经经文抵挡了这两项试探。

然而,最后的试探,在第9至11节,我相信是您与我最能感同身受的,因为我们当中有谁不曾一次又一次地试探上帝呢?我们有多少次与耶稣做交易和讨价还价,以别的东西与耶稣所给的作为交换?我们有多少次为了自己的利益而滥用圣经,并用它来对付一个人,或是施加控制,或是使另一人臣服?

我认为关于耶稣虽然饥饿,身体虚弱,却仍然能抵挡试探的经文告诉了我们几件事。

当饥饿、疲惫和虚弱的时候,不要做任何草率的决定。试着保持一个专注和受控的心态,回想上帝安慰的话语,祂必不撇下您,也不丢弃您(申命记31:8),祂是看顾您的好牧人(诗篇23)。

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。

最重要的是,要认识到撒旦总是在您处于软弱的状态下试探您,所以确保您有一个支援小组,比如关爱小组、基督徒团契或问责伙伴,您可以与他们联系并请求代祷和支持。没有人说作为基督徒是一个独行侠的旅程;我们是一个共同努力、相互扶持的群体。

祷告 :我在天上的父,感谢祢提醒我不要试探祢;也感谢祢在我软弱、疲惫、饥饿的时候,藉着祢的儿子耶稣和我在基督里的弟兄姐妹,赐给我力量、盼望和喜乐。求帮助我,让我知道祢了解我的弱点,并为我提供了我需要的帮助。请赐予我勇气伸出手,接受祢给我的一切。我奉耶稣的名祈祷。阿们。