If we cling to our confidence as members of God’s family, we prevent our trials from watering down our faith, or putting doubts in our mind about God’s faithfulness. We remain steadfast and immovable to the end (Hebrews 3:14-15).
Israel grieved God’s heart for 40 years when they refused to trust Him to help them to overcome the giants who faced them in the Promised Land. They failed to believe God, and their unbelief prevented them from entering in to all He had planned for them (Hebrews 3:16-19).
As they wandered in the wilderness, God still provided for them and led them until the entire generation died of old age. God provides for us too, and gives all of us rest from our labors when we believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The temptations we encounter in life are basically the same for everyone. If we trust in Him, God faithfully prevents the temptations from circumventing the boundaries of our ability in Christ to overcome them. He always gives us a way to endure and to escape them (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God does not promise not to give us more trials than we can bear (John 16:33). In fact, He often heaps more and more discouraging situations on our life in an attempt to cause us to stop relying on our self, and to trust in His provision in and through them.
Resting from our labor (Revelation 4:13) sounds wondrous to me. It means that we rest in the Lord during our 9 to 5, our daily grind, the endless household chores, settling arguments between siblings, being too busy to find time to enjoy our intimacy with our spouse, etc.
Father God, thank You for Your peace, love, joy and grace, which sustain us through all of our tribulation as You work character in our life (James 1:3). Thank You also for helping us to walk away from Satan’s attempt to draw us away from You through temptation. You enable us to succeed as victors rather than to succumb as victims of the devil’s snares (2 Timothy 2:26).
We do not want to grieve Your Spirit, or to break Your heart, so we praise You for helping us to recognize Satan’s lies and to resist all temptation by renewing our mind with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:16). Keep us from living lives that are excessively preoccupied with worldly pursuits, and to live as a praise to Your holy name.
Thought for the Day:
If we make a commitment to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, read the Bible, listen to the preaching of God’s Word, worship with fellow Christians, and share with others what Christ is doing in our life, then Satan will find very little that he can use to tempt us to sin, and overcoming temptation gets easier for us every day.
– Psalm 27:11; Ephesians 6:10-18