Friday, January 4
Scripture: Genesis 9-11, Luke 4
Luke 4:3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Luke 4:9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;”
Two of the three temptations that Jesus faced amounted to this: “If you are the Son of God, prove it.” Prove it by doing miracles, by changing stones into bread, by jumping off the pinnacle of the temple and surviving. Prove yourself.
I wonder how many of our temptations are essentially temptations to prove ourselves. To prove that we are smart or good or powerful or attractive or valuable or simply better than the next guy. I wonder how often the devil preys upon our insecurity.
Of course, Jesus is the Son of God, and knows it—and doesn’t need to prove it to anyone. In the same way, we are children of God—deeply loved, completely accepted and fully forgiven—and if we know it, we don’t need to prove it to anyone. We don’t have to fall for the devil’s lies to prove ourselves. We can live confidently, securely, knowing who we are in Christ.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for facing down the tempter on our behalf and winning the battle. Thank you for showing the way—we don’t have to prove ourselves because we are already loved and valued, and we know it. We are secure in You!