Dr. Peter Marshall once said, “It’s no sin to be tempted. It isn’t the fact of having temptations that should cause us shame, but what we do with them. Temptation is an opportunity to conquer. When we eventually reach the goal to which we are all striving, God will look us over, not for diplomas, but for scars.”
In the text we read of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. A basic truth is that if the Son of God was tempted, we, who are certainly not him, should not be surprised when temptations come our way. Dr. Marshall’s words, “God will look us over, not for diplomas, but for scars,” is a graphic description of each of us wrestling with temptation when it comes our ways. In our very visual society, there is no way to avoid being exposed to temptation. It is when exposure comes, and we turn to the Lord for deliverance, that Satan will be defeated and the Lord will be honored.
Prayer: Jesus, please walk with us when temptation invades our lives. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.