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WILDERNESS JOURNEY 旷野之路

(2011-02-14 18:41:30)
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WILDERNESS JOURNEY

 

Jesus answered, "It is written . . . ." Luke 4:8

 

 

A few years ago while visiting New York City, I made a trip up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. It struck me that if Jesus were being tempted today, the devil could have brought him there.

 

The devil could have nodded toward Wall Street—a banking district that controls 21 percent of the world’s assets. He might have offered control of a communications center that houses four major TV networks. He could have pointed to the United Nations building, with its international ties that reach throughout the world.

 

That observation deck offers quite a view. It’s almost enough to make us believe the world’s kingdoms offer the real action.

 

It’s tough to resist the devil’s lies. Even if we’re offered mere tidbits of worldly power, our moral fiber can easily crumble. A lucrative but shady business deal suddenly doesn’t look so bad. Neither does a chance to cheat big-time on our taxes—or on our spouse. Temptations like these are enough to trip us up. And we can always come up with good reasons to justify what we do!

 

In turning down the devil’s offers, Jesus shows us how to maintain our ethical stamina. Jesus quotes God’s truth in the face of the devil’s lies. We need the truth of God’s Word to keep us strong when we journey out into the wilderness.

 

PRAYER

 

Lord, in the face of temptation we have a tendency to play games. But your Word keeps us honest with you and with ourselves. Mold our lives to your will. Amen.

 

路加福音   4:1-13

February - 14

 

 

旷野之路

 

「耶稣说:『经上记着说…、』」 路4:8

 

 

数年前游览纽约巿时,我曾登上帝国大厦的观景台。那时我突然想到,如果耶稣在今天受试探,魔鬼或许会带祂来这个地方。

 

当地的华尔街是控制着全世界百分之二十一资产的金融区,魔鬼可能会朝着华尔街向耶稣展示;祂或许答应把容纳四个主要电视台的资讯中心送给耶稣,祂大概也会指着联系世界各地的联合国大厦来使耶稣动心。

 

观景台上见到的景色十分壮观,差不多足以令我们相信,世上的国度能带给我们真正的满足。

 

抵挡魔鬼的诡计,实在是不容易。纵然只见到世上一点一滴的荣华权势,我们的道德标准也会因此瓦解;一宗利润丰厚却很有问题的商业交易,突然显得不成问题;有机会逃税或对配偶不忠,也同样可以接受。这一类试探足以绊倒我们,我们也总能找到借口来支持我们的行为!

 

耶稣拒绝接受魔鬼的引诱,祂告诉我们应如何持守自己的道德标准。耶稣引用神的真道来面对魔鬼的诡计,在踏上旷野之路时,我们也同样需要神的话才能站立稳固。

 

祷告

 

主啊,面对试探时,我们总爱玩把戏。然而祢的话逼使我们对祢坦诚,并且不再自欺。求祢根据祢的旨意来塑造我们的生命。阿们。

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