It is when you’re feeling strong that you are weak
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I remember years ago reading Willie Barclay’s ‘Daily Bible Reading Notes’. He was commenting on the danger of complacency when it comes to temptation. Barclay pointed out how the Greek City of Sardis was conquered by Cyrus of Persia. The city believed it was invincible except from its southern approach. So they guarded the weakest area and neglected what they thought was impenetrable. Cyrus overran the city through a weakened area of the city wall that was thought impossible to breakthrough. The point Barclay made was never be complacent as a Christian. The areas of your life where you think you’ll never fall for temptation guard the most. That is where you will find yourself the most vulnerable.
In our reading today learning from the experience of Jesus, temptation will not last for ever, however the tempter always waits for the most opportune moment to begin all over again.
It seems we are never free from temptation
Just when we think we’re safe
We are at our most vulnerable
When we feel secure
Evil tries to defeat us
When we feel strong
Evil is looking for the weakness in our strength
Lord keep us vigilant
May we never be complacent
When temptation comes calling
May your Word hidden deep within us
Come to the surface
Giving us a renewed perspective
So that we do not sin against you