The serpent tempted Eve, offered her knowledge and power, and she gave in, and even shared the disobedience with Adam. The were cast away from paradise, and the serpent was cursed.
The devil tempted Jesus. In His time of hunger, the devil challenged Him to turn stone to bread. The devil led Him to a high place and offered Jesus authority and splendor, then brought Him to the highest point of the temple and challenged Jesus to throw Himself down to be saved by the angels.
Faith or Awareness?
The difference bet faith and awareness. Awareness is the mere knowledge that God exists. But it is far different from accepting and surrendering oneself to the God who created us, the God who is above all powerful than every living creature on earth.
Luke 4 tells us about the devil’s knowledge and awareness. The devil knew that Jesus had the power. But, being the devil himself, he believed that his power was greater than the Lord’s power, and challenged the Lord to a power showdown.
The devil was aware of God’s existence, and he even knew what was written.
Luke 4:10, 11 NIV tells us how the devil expressed his knowledge about the majesty of the Lord : “For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
And in Genesis 3:4, 5 NIV when the serpent tempted the woman: You will not certainly die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Where do I stand? There are times in my life when i tend to think that my knowledge and awareness is enough to give me the power to survive in this life. Just like Eve, I tend to desire more knowledge to give me more power and authority.
Who am I? Am I not a mere creation of my Creator? and without Him, I am nothing! I can never be greater or do anything above my God. No amount of knowledge or awareness can surpass the greatness of my God!
Father forgive me for those times times I have given in to my weaknesses. Let me always be reminded of my place in this world, and to rely on You alone for You Lord God are my God, my King, my Creator. Without You, i don’t even exist. Let me bear this in my heart and live each day of this brand new year wholly in reliance to Your grace, mercy and guidance.