A Scheme of Satan

January 13, 2015 | Tags: ,

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and courageous.
Wait for the Lord.

-Psalm 27:14

I was reminded today about a scheme of Satan that is all too common–the temptation to take the things we want right now. He knows that waiting and patience are very difficult for our human nature, so he takes advantage of us at strategic points to get us to fall into sin.

If the same temptation didn’t escape Jesus, how can we think we aren’t susceptible too? Take a look at the plot against Him during His 40-day fast in the wilderness, right at the beginning of His early ministry:

Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written:

Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only Him.

11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him. -Matthew 4:8-11

Look at what Satan was trying to do. He was tempting Jesus by saying in effect, “Hey Jesus, you don’t have to go to the cross. You can take all the kingdoms of the world right now. You can reign as King without any suffering at all. I’m giving them to you. Here, take them right now. They’re yours.”

But Jesus saw right through his scheme. He realized that suffering and the cross were necessary to gain the true kingdom of God, complete with all the redeemed saints of all time. The cross was the only way. And the process the Father had set before Him was the only way. There were no short-cuts. There was one path, one way. And Jesus had to walk it in order to fulfill the Father’s plans. And He would only serve the Father, never Himself, and never Satan.

“Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.

Praise the Lord! Because of Jesus’ obedience to the Father, we can have the relationship with God that was always intended since the beginning of creation. Because Jesus defeated Satan’s temptations time and time again and triumphed at the cross, we can stand forgiven before God. Praise the Lord!

Is waiting on God worth it? Yes. Is it difficult? Absolutely. Will Jesus give you every help you need? For sure. You can trust Him.

How can Jesus help you wait today?

By Courtney Silberman

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