Daily Devotional: Psalms 91:9-16
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the LORD, who is my refuge--10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
9 The devil led him [Jesus] to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Lesson one: The devil did not misquote the scripture but he certainly did misapply it. We must not only know what it says but what it means and how to use it. Jesus asked a questioner on one occasion what the scripture said and then asked “and how does it read to you?” The devil will use any and every tool he can to convince us that sin is ok and that God does not really mean what he says. Just because the Bible is quoted or read does not mean it teaches what is being said.
Lesson two: When the devil left Jesus, he was not through with him. He only left until an opportune time. These three temptations that Jesus faced were not the only ones he ever knew. He was tempted in all points as we are and that means he faced a lot more than these. As a man (a real person of flesh and blood just like we are) Jesus was faced with temptations on a daily basis. It is true that when we resist the devil he will flee but that does not mean he will not come back.
O God, give me wisdom to understand your word and to know how to apply it in my life. Keep me from the evil one and give me strength to flee from him and resist his temptations. Help me draw closer to you every day. Increase my faith so I don’t become despondent or anxious about things around me. I am so thankful for your wonderful love that is shown in protecting me. Help me to know how to love others as you love me. Use me to help others overcome their trials and to be stronger in faith and love. I pray in the name of Jesus my Redeemer.