Week 27: The offer you cannot refuse

Today’s reading:
Luke 4: 5-6
Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”” (NLT)

Is there a connection between what we see and believe? It definitely is easier. Easier than believing in something we don’t see. Like, we don’t see God. So how do we know he is there? We see people – friends who have helped us or relatives who can help us, people in authority who have the power to do something for us. It is easier to believe in them than trust in a God we cannot see. Another example is money. Money can buy your kid’s education into an Ivy league school. It can pay the medical bills. It can buy you a house or whatever else you need. Given the choice between a million dollars from the wrong source and trusting in God to work in our situation, what do we choose?

Satan offered Jesus one of the best offers of this world – “the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them”. Glory and authority. Glory that can be experienced. Authority that can be exercised.

Satan plays that same trick on us each day. He offers us what we see. The beauty of this world. The riches. Fame. Popularity. Power. But if we were to only scratch the surface, you would see what it really is worth. Rotten change. Putrefying filth. It won’t be worth a dime tomorrow.

Jesus understood that. He saw beyond what the devil showed him. He understood that this world will pass. That the earth and all its beauty is scheduled to burn. Nothing we see here will last. Peter says it very clearly, “But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.” – 2 Peter 3:10

Contrast that with what Jesus has to offer? “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” – John 10:28.

What are you choosing today? Remember to choose the imperishable.

What do I pray?
Ask God to help you make the right choices this week, this month, this year. Always. Trust him to provide for your needs. Believe in him to take you through the circumstance you are in.

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