Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 29, 2016


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 6:49 am

Matthew 4:3 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (NIV)

 The first temptation Jesus faced was to focus on the here and now rather than eternity.  Jesus knew He was here to serve God and not just live for the moment.  Living for the moment is different than living in the present.  Living in the moment means we are not concerned about what our choices in the moment will mean in the future, especially in the light of all eternity.   Jesus showed He was trusting in God’s provision for the future.  So often we are looking for the quick fix or quick answer to a trial.  We need to learn to take time to pray, seeking God’s answer and wisdom rather than taking the first “fix” we see to get out of a problem, trial or temptation.  When we make a decision, we must ask God to show us what it will mean for His path for us or His purpose for another.  We live in the present, not the past or the future, but we live in the present with our eyes on God and eternity.  The way we look at eternity affects how we choose to walk through the present.  Those who don’t believe they will have everlasting life with God will choose quick term convenience and comfort rather than the consequences of the future. Refusing to take the “quick fix” confirms we know there is a tomorrow, whether it’s on this earth or in the very presence of God.

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