Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 1, 2017

A Way of Escape

feb-1“All this I will give you (Jesus), he said, if you will bow down and worship me (Satan).”  Matthew 3:9 (NIV)

Hunger always leaves us seeking.   You know like in the middle of the night when tummy growls and your search for sweetness overwhelms you.  Or midday when stress robs our energy and hunger screams loud.  Or stretching and reaching, we begin our day starved and empty from the lack of yesterday.  Desperation loves to reign where hunger and lack camouflage plenty.  And if we’re not careful, we’ll bow down to hunger and worship the falseness of more.

What are we hungry for?  A quick fix to soothe the ache of emptiness?  A flashy demonstration of what we can do to quench our insecurities?  A wide open canvas – everything we ever dreamed of – easily within our grasp? Jesus listening, hearing the beckoning call to compromise for the sake of it all. And the price tag – simply bow down and worship “me.”  Hunger now cleverly disguised as control, power and position.  Standing at the top, the love of His life  – the world staring back –  the reason He came.  And His resounding answer – “It is written.”

Jesus met the temptation to satisfy, press the limits and seek His own agenda with the words of His Father.  His desperate, hungry places were feasting on the food of the Father’s will.  What appeared to be all that Jesus could have ever wanted was simply a mirage created by the one whose hunger couldn’t be quenched.  An illusion designed to steal away the reason He came.

How are we handling our hunger – with compromise or conviction? Love the abundance found in the truths of His word. Love the empowerment gained from trusting in Him.  Love the sweet taste of victory won with armor on.  Hungry places fully satisfied at His table – feasting on the Father’s will.

“Father, empower us to resist the enticement to take what You have promised into our own hands.  Help us to know Your words and use them in moments of weakness.  Thank You for making a way of escape that leads to abundant life.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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