During every stage of our lives, our actions and attitudes are curtailed by a certain number of what might be called “necessary no’s.” If you have any toddlers around the house, you know how these “no’s” seem to whirl around the ears like confetti at a New Year’s Eve party.
“No, you can’t run into the street for your ball.”
“No, you can’t reach for that beautifully steaming pot on the stove.”
“No, you can’t have Peanut Butter Cup ice cream for breakfast.”
“No, you can’t have a slightly squashed earthworm for lunch.”
In the temptation, our Lord looked Satan in the face and exercised “necessary no’s.” Satan had one objective – derail Jesus from his purpose and reason his heavenly Father sent him to save sinners like you and me.
Prayer: Father, when temptation comes please give us the strength, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to exercise “necessary no’s.” Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.