Prayer: This very day and every day, O LORD, we remember and worship You. You are our refuge and our fortress. You are an ever present help in our time of need. Amen.
St. Luke 4: 9 – 13
The devil then sets Jesus on the highest point of the
. The devil says to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here”. Then the devil proceeds to quote the scriptures. The devil knows scriptures. But the devil is taking a portion of the scriptures and is using it for his own good… not the good of God. Temple
Do we ever do that? We try and get our way with something in the Church or change the direction of some decision in the Church and we quote a portion of scripture that verifies what we want. What we want, not want God wants. There is a very fine line between understanding the Scriptures and then using the Scriptures for our own needs and wants.
The devil is quoting from Psalm 91: 11 -12. What the devil has left out of this portion of scripture is the big REMEMBER. In the Psalms it states that we must remember God and to worship God. We must remember that God is our refuge and our fortress, it is God in whom we trust. If we forget God, then our hearts will no longer be filled with the love of God.
Jesus responds to the devil by quoting from Deuteronomy 6: 16 “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Backing up to Deuteronomy 6: 13 – 17, we find that Moses was instructing the Israelites to serve only God and not to follow other gods. Moses was also instructing the Israelites that they must be sure to keep the commandments of the LORD. Do what is right and good in the LORD’S sight. How can we do any less today? Remember the LORD your God and dive into the Scriptures!
Prayer: May we joyfully follow You this day O LORD in whatever tasks come our way. Help us to share this love that You have given to us with others. May our minds be opened to Your Voice through prayer and reading of Your Most Holy Word. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.