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Unwanted Visitor

Father, as I come before You this morning, may my thoughts be under Your direction. May I focus on You. Speak to me, that I may be blessed and be a blessing as well. Amen.

Matthew 4:1-11 (<<click the green)

As we were leaving my sister’s place this past weekend a Yellow jacket paid us a visit. First, it was flying around my wife, then around me, then around my mom. He was an unwanted visitor. Each of us tried walking away but until it decided to move on, it buzzed around incessantly. None of us were stung but that possibility was there.

The word I would place beside the word “temptation” is “ugh”. And in this fallen world, much like our unwanted visitor, it just won’t leave us alone. Just thinking of temptation makes me groan.

Now nobody in their right mind would entertain a Yellow jacket’s presence. When we see one in our vicinity, most of us would high-tail it out of there. And most certainly, we wouldn’t get so up close and personal that we would welcome its sting…but isn’t that what we do with temptation?

We all know what temptation is. We all know what temptation does. But each of us, on a regular basis lays out the welcome mat for it. Many times we say “no”, and many times we do run away, but it seems like inevitably there comes a time when we yield.

Looking at Your response to temptation, Lord, it seems the big difference is that You were prepared for the attack. You were never caught unawares. When the tempter laid out his enticements – no matter how enticing – You shot it down with Scripture.

Hebrews 4:15 tells me that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”

You know. You’ve been there. May I learn from You, Lord. May I be prepared for all the wily ways of temptation. May I stand strong in You, armed with You Word, when it comes my way. Amen.

Oct 3rd, Tues, 6:33 am

Fix My Eyes

Father, thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon me. I am grateful for family and friends, for the freedoms I have, for the faith that sustains me through all the ups and downs of life. Thank You, for the work You have done in my life…

Hebrews 12:2 (<<click here)

The only way we can “run…the race that is set before us…” v.1 is by “fixing our eyes” as the NASB* puts it. When we “keep our eyes” on You, Lord, when we “fix our eyes on” You, that is when we succeed in our Christian walk.

Thinking on this reminds me of a character from Disney/Pixar’s movie “Up”. His name is Dug, a golden retriever who can talk.  He is lovable but easily distracted. In any conversation, even in mid-sentence, his attention can be distracted and he will call out “Squirrel!”

Lord, I am just too easily distracted. It’s one thing if it happens in our time together each morning but it is another thing all together when I’m trying to run the race. Distractions can be disastrous! I can end up where I never intended, off the straight and narrow and stuck in the mire of a debilitating situation.

I cannot count the number of times that I have been steadily, faithfully following You and a little distraction slows me down enough that sin then trips me up. It sure wasn’t my initial intent but it can be where I end up.

Help me, Lord, to fix my eyes on You. It’s the only way for me to “run with endurance the race God has set before” me.

May 31st, Tues, 6:24 am

*New American Standard Bible