You know those days: you have every intention of waking up early, having a nice cup of coffee (hint hint wink wink), settling down in your comfy chair to read your Bible or devotional…
And then comes the ruckus. The alarm didn’t go off. Your toddler is sick. Your coffeepot broke. The dog threw up right where you planned to plop down.
Or maybe you managed to squeeze in your Jesus-and-coffee time only to get rear-ended on the interstate, or walked into the office to a nasty email or some really rotten news.
How we react depends on our perspective, our personality, how much we’ve learned to control our emotions—and maybe how much sleep we managed to get the night before.
It’s not easy trying to follow Jesus when the world seems bent on getting under our skin. Can I get an “amen” (or at least a “been there”)?
But here’s the thing: the world isn’t trying to get under our skin… or if it is, we don’t have to let it. We can take the proverbial higher road. We can face obstacles, challenges, annoyances, and general woe-me moments with our chin up and a good-natured laugh.
Bad stuff happens. It just does! And that’s okay.
On my “off” days, I’m human. I stoop. I might even throw a temper tantrum.
But I know what I should do: I should treat these obstacles as a test. I should face challenges and temptations in the same way my savior did: with God’s word.
See, as we can read in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was having a rough time. He was hungry, tired, and he’d been wandering around in the desert for forty days. Then guess who shows up? The devil, all beguiling and taunting. A lesser man might have caved, or thrown a hissy fit.
Not the Son of God. Jesus showed us exactly what to do when we face hard times: throw the book in its face. As in the “good book,” the Bible, God’s holy word.
Every time the devil tempted Jesus, our savior countered it by spouting Scripture. And every time, Jesus prevailed.
My dog throwing up on my couch or that text-happy driver isn’t necessary Satan trying to tempt and taunt me, but as a follower of Jesus, I have a choice. I can let my circumstances get me down and lose my temper, or I can model my actions off my savior call upon the holy words God Himself writes upon my soul every time I read His Word.
I choose the latter.
Have a great week, and until next time, stay armored-up.