Quiet Time with Jesus – Hard Questions

Friday, 18 March 2016

I often think through my experiences and define some form of self-governance. I have noticed that I become more and more vulnerable when things go wrong one after another. I would lose confidence. I would start to doubt and ask strange questions!

Many times I had wanted to write down solutions (Bible verses) and keep them in sealed envelopes so that at times of weakness, I can open them to find a way out of spiritual darkness.  

I discovered that I have grown spiritually stronger when God asks questions. His questions would lead me into expressing the truth that reveals the truth about my self – it is amazing!

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.
— 1 Kings 10:1

The queen tested Solomon with difficult questions. She had good motives, examining him to see if what she had heard about him was true. Solomon’s wisdom shone through as he exceeded her expectations. Those hard questions didn’t take Solomon by surprise. He had thought through them beforehand; they were answered in his mind before they were asked.

When Joseph was tempted … He fled - because he had already decided beforehand that he will not sin against God.

Jesus was tempted … The hard questions were “So, you’ve been fasting for 40 days. Hungry?” “Why don’t you use your authority on yourself - you’re hungry! Use your powers to feed yourself! You NEED to provide for yourself!”

The devil persisted to tempt the Son of God, “You can do more if you have prominence and affluence. It is mine to give. Trade in what you have for success. After all, isn’t that everyone’s goal in life? Imagine what you want, and whatever your mind can conceive, I CAN DELIVER.” (Excerpt from the book “Jesus” by Wayne Cordeiro, paraphrased)

LYL: Each temptation gets harder and harder to resist. One time, I fell into the devil’s trap at his third attempt and my relationship with two persons was strained … If only I had decided beforehand not to do what I did.

The third time, Satan ushered Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and said, “Throw yourself down. Angels will catch you. After all, isn’t it written that God will give His angels charge over you to keep you from harm?” The devil quoted Psalm 91:11-12. He MEMORIZED enough Scripture to DISTORT it for his purposes. He’s a master at using the Word for his gain.

The devil wanted to find where Jesus may be DISSATISFIED because that would signal where He was most vulnerable.

During a 24-hour one day fast, I dealt with distractions and temptations. It was hard!

Today, I want to pray for myself as well as all followers of Jesus Christ that our LOVE may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and what is pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of our God and Father in Heaven! Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)