I had read a suggestion from a blogger the other day who’d commented on a post someone had written. He or she had suggested that the blogger open the Bible to a random page, read the first thing that the eyes focus on, and meditate on it. He or she had recommended that the blogger do this as part of developing a deeper relationship with the Lord. It was days ago, so I cannot remember specific details. I believe the blogger was having trouble within their own walk with Jesus, so the comment was intended to aid he/she in becoming closer to the Lord through reading of His Word.
The method is something that I have done myself in the past. I recall opening to many parts of Scripture that directly related to something that I was struggling with, or something that needed to be addressed within my walk. I noticed the message that the Lord had prompted, through what I had previously thought to be a pretty silly method. This morning, I decided to give the method a try as I sat my tired self down to begin writing. I desired inspiration. I desired to hear from the Lord.
Luke 4 is titled “Satan Tempts Jesus” in the NKJV version. Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist. In Chapter 4, verses 1-13, He is led out into the wilderness. Satan, directly after Christ’s baptism, began his attacks against Jesus’s humanity…
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
The act of turning to the random page this morning quickly spoke to me. As I read through the temptations, I instantly noticed how the devil has been tempting me within my last few days. There are things that I had wished to do that were sinful, but through Holy Spirit’s prompting, I was able to overcome. I recognize the ways that Satan also began his temptations directly after I began an upright walk with our Lord years ago. I see how he seems to work his way into my flesh. A flesh that is terribly weak in comparison to Jesus as He walked with Satan on that day. Our Lord had fasted for forty days; something I could never do. He overcame every temptation the devil had presented; something I don’t do.
I also noticed the horns of the Highland Cow on my lock screen as I was reading about the temptation of Jesus. It was just a little reminder of just how close the devil is. Most of us associate horns with the devil, or Baphomet, or evil. I peered over my Bible, and the horns painted a vivid picture of the realness of Satan in his many disguises. It was an eerie feeling. A very real one. I have plenty of experience with the evil of the world, so I can easily spot it. My time when walking with Satan on my own mountains, freely giving into his ploys, had taught me just how cunning he can be. I can see a lot through these eyes. Eyes that see just how much I once enjoyed playing his game.
In your time with the Lord, I pray this morning that you also recognize the signals. I pray that you grow in His Word, and recognize the devil who masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). I pray that you recognize that evil being in his beautiful and appealing disguises. I pray that through wisdom of Scripture, the voice of Holy Spirit, and a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, you too are able to resist temptation.