Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Gotcha's Demons: Pastoral Recklessness
Then the devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. 'If you are the Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down. For it is written:'
' 'He will command His angels concerning you,
And they will lift you up in their hands,
So that you will not strike your foot against a stone... '
Jesus answered him,
'It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' '
Matthew 4:5-7 (NIV)
On the last day of His 40-day fast, our physically weakened Church Leader revealed a test future leaders would face. But rather than copy Christ's Example, some took the step God's Only Son refused.
Why? Pride can blind us toward temptations. Great heights can make us feel invincible. Great risks can be smugly disregarded. Great words can move fans into servitude. Great wealth can buy silence from witnesses.
'Satan has no objection to holy places as the scene of his assaults. Let us not, in any place, be off our watch. The holy city is the place, where he does, with the greatest advantage, tempt men to pride and presumption. All high places are slippery places; advancements in the world make a man a mark for Satan to shoot his fiery darts at. Is Satan so well versed in Scripture as to be able to quote it readily? He is so' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Matthew 4:6).
1) Lately, we've seen business giants toppled, political giants cut down to size and church giants disgraced by evil deeds.
2) These mighty men stood high in their stature, and their reckless acts hurt other people. In the end, the Lord refused to catch them.
3) Testing God by recklessness is stupid. High flyers are wise to humble themselves, and church steeples are not good stepping stones.
## Gotcha's Demons: Pastoral Recklessness (Part 35)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.