When we feel like we are in the wilderness, with all our hopes lost and nothing left to put our trust in, the most dreaded of all fears come across our hearts – we are alone in this. There is no one who can understand what we are going through. It won’t even make sense to them. Suddenly we realize that we have no friend to confide in.
Alone. The fear of being lonely. Especially when we have followed the guidance of the Lord. We have only obeyed His instructions. Yet, here we are. We have nothing left. It is a wilderness all around us. Nothing to trust in. No hopes left. Your faith is struggling. And it sure looks lonely.
But dear friend, you are not alone. Because if you have followed the Lord, if you have obeyed His Word and you find yourself in a wilderness, remember that the Spirit of the Lord is with you.
Remember when Jesus found Himself in a wilderness, where He was tempted for 40 days and nights (Luke 4:2)? Where the devil questioned Jesus if He is the Son of God? And how did Jesus Christ reach that point of temptation? The Bible says that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)
Yes, dear friend, when you are in the midst of the wilderness, when it looks like there is no hope left, when suddenly you realize that you are all alone, remember that the Spirit of God has led you up to this point and He is with you. The Comforter is with you.And HE will give you rest. (Isaiah 63:14)
When we lose hope in the promises of God, when our faith struggles, when situations roar against the promises of God, we tend to think that the Lord has forgotten His promises. But the LORD never forgets a Word that He spoke. For He does not speak like we do. His every Word has the power to create a new universe. So, He would never say a Word unless He means it.
So, the problem is not with God. Then with who? The devil and his minions? Of course, not. They also don’t forget the promises of God. If God has made a promise to you, they know that God will fulfil that promise to you. They know that the Word of God is a hard currency. It is like a gold bar.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he kept asking Jesus, “If You are the Son of God…”, as if he is not sure of that fact. But we see that when Jesus was doing His ministry, the evil spirit confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High God. (Mark 5:7)
Yes, they know. That is why they are trying so hard that you forget the promise or you lose your faith on those promises. Let us hold on to the promises of God. The due time is nearer than we think. Those promises will be surely fulfilled. Amen.
Whenever the Lord God gives us a promise, we see that the devil is more at work than we are. The circumstances will lead us to think against the promise of God. We will hear a whisper, saying, “But didn’t God promise the exact opposite of what is happening to me?” Our faith will struggle.
The good news is Jesus knows. Yes, He knows our struggles of faith.
In Luke 3:22, we see the Father declaring His love for Jesus Christ. A voice from heaven declared, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.” This is the assurance the Father gives to His Son, as Jesus was about to start His ministry.
Now look at what happened some 40 days later. Jesus fasted for 40 days and we always assume that Jesus was praying for 40 days. But the Gospel according to Luke says that He was tempted for forty days by the devil (Luke 4:2). After 40 days, Jesus Christ was exhausted and now the final temptations come. And the very first words the devil says is: “If You are the Son of God…”
When we are exhausted, the final temptations come. Questions will arise on the very Foundation on which we believed. And when our faith struggles, everyone, including our own self will accuse us for not trusting our Lord completely.
But we have a High Priest, Who was tempted in all possible ways; a High Priest, Who knows our weaknesses. Since Jesus was tempted just like us, He knows the ordeal. Of course, He never sinned. But He knows that we are made of dust. And HE is interceding for us, at this very moment, so that our faith remains strong and we hold on to His promises. Yes, the cunning one will be defeated yet again, and this time by us. May our LORD alone be glorified. Amen.
In one of my previous blogs, I talked about how Joseph was able to overcome temptation by keeping his eyes on the LORD. Faith and focusing our eyes on the LORD are two important things that we need to do to overcome temptation.
But there is one more thing to do when we are facing temptation. Our faith may be really strong, but the moment we stand on our faith, rather than the grace of our LORD, there will be problems waiting for us.
While Joseph did everything right in overcoming temptation, he relied so much on his ability to withstand temptation and did something that gave a chance for Potiphar’s wife to take advantage of Joseph.
And it happened about this time that he came into the house to do his work. And none of the men of the house were inside. – Genesis 39:11 (MKJV)
Joseph was very sincere in his work and though, no one else was there in the house, he went inside to do his work. He would have know that the temptress was still there, yet, I am sure he was confident that he would be able to overcome temptation.
If you are strong in your faith, and if your eyes are focused on the LORD, there is no temptation that can overcome you, no matter how tempting the circumstances are. But, the temptations do take a strong and aggressive approach when they have chance to be alone with you. It does not matter what kind of temptations you are struggling with, they do become aggressive when you are alone with them.
And, though Joseph was still able to overcome temptation, he had to leave his robe behind. Which was used against him as a witness by his temptress.
Dear friend, when you are facing a temptation, may be the LORD’s Name be praised, you may have enough faith and strength to overcome the temptation. Still, when you know there is a chance for you to be alone with whatever it is tempting you, don’t venture. You may still overcome the temptation by the grace of our LORD, but still may end of leaving a robe behind, giving a chance for that person to take revenge on you.
So make sure that if someone is tempting you, never ever be alone with that person. You may not cave in, but just being alone with that person could cost you your good name. In such a case, it is better to follow Paul’s advice to his young disciple, Timothy, rather than following the example of Joseph. And, Paul’s advice to his young disciple was:
Flee the evil desires of youth. – 2 Tim. 2:22
|1 Timothy 2:1-2“[Instructions on Worship] I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
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