Friday, Feb 19
Luke 4:12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
I was talking today about the story of Martin Luther in the thunderstorm where he promised “St. Anne, if you’ll keep me safe, I’ll become a
monk” (my words). People say this kind of stuff all the time: “Lord, show me
which way to go, and I’ll follow your way.” “Lord, heal my mother, and I swear
I’ll be a more regular churchgoer.” Unfortunately, we’re not all as faithful as
Luther was on keeping those promises when we put the Lord to the test.
The devil has placed these temptations before Jesus and says, “don’t worry, God will catch you if you
jump!” But Jesus is not fooled. “Devil, I won’t test God that way. God isn’t my
little genie waiting to jump through my hoops.” God is not just sitting around
waiting for us to need our God fix. God hopes that we will always be in
relationship together, not just when we have a desperate situation or need.
When I think of “putting the Lord to the test,” that’s what I think of – when we
have the attitude that we can demand something from God, and God has to come
through because God is God.
I also love how Jesus answers the devil’s scripture quotation with a scripture quotation. Battling scripture with scripture! Harkens back to Jack’s
comments about the need to know scripture well so that we can counter the
temptations that come our way with scripture.