Theme of the Week: Wandering In The Wilderness
Bible Verse: The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” Luke 4:3-4
My son played recreational hockey for a few years. Most of the time he was on winning teams and would often come off the ice with a big smile on his face. One year he was on a losing team. And by losing, I mean L-O-S-I-N-G! I remember him losing his first game. After the game, I told him to hang in there and keep playing his best. I gave a similar speech after his second game, and his third. After his tenth loss in a row, my pithy little statements disappeared quicker than scratches on the ice under the Zamboni.
They didn’t win a game until their twenty-sixth outing (and then it felt like the Stanley Cup championship). Despite his disappointment, my son grew a lot during that season; he really became a much better skater and player.
Lots of times in life we face trials. We can feel like we are on a losing streak that will never end. It would be great if those trials could be cut short, but often they aren’t. Why does God allow those difficult times to come? Why won’t he save us from them?
Satan posed the same type of questions to Jesus. By telling Him to turn the stones into bread, it was as if Satan was saying to Jesus, “This struggle is too hard. It looks like your Father has forgotten about you. Maybe you should take things into your own hands.”
Jesus was not fooled. He knew that relief from suffering wasn’t the most important thing in His life; trusting His Father was. So, He endured what God had called Him to.
What are you struggling through today? You can trust that God is with you, and you can rely on Him for all the endurance you need. Accepting that life doesn’t have to be easy can help you keep going during trials.
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