March 1, 2017

Read Proverbs 3:5-6

I finally lost those few pounds that have been hanging around since Thanksgiving.  It wasn’t really that hard – just a matter of saying “no” a few times when I really wanted another slice of pizza or 14 cookies! Why do I always let this happen?  I know how it’s going to turn out when I start letting my eating control me, but too often my feelings win out over that knowledge.

Jesus faced temptation, but He was quite a bit better at overcoming than I am.  What did He do? He relied on what He knew and not how He felt.  I imagine that when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, He was hungry and the bread would have tasted good.  Sky jumping would’ve been quite adventurous, and being the earthly ruler of all that He could see might have been enticing.  But He didn’t pay attention to Satan’s words. He focused on the truth that neither bread, adventure, nor earthly power would truly satisfy Him – or God!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Feelings will so often lead us into temptation; they’re unreliable.  Go with what you know.  His way is the best – He promises!