I read this week about the 40 days that Jesus spent out in the wild wastelands as part of the final preparation for of his three years of public teaching. "Full of the Holy Spirit," he ate nothing during that time, and the Devil stalked him, tempting him.
In each of his replies to the temptations of the Devil, Jesus began with the words, "It is written," or, in another version, "The Scriptures say..."
It is written:
"Man does not live on bread alone."
"Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."
"Do not put the Lord your God to the test."
It is written; but have we read it enough?
In order to respond as Jesus did when we are in the maelstrom and under dire pressure; in order to discern Truth from a close imitation, we must be saturated in the truth.
Since the Devil uses the strategy of counterfeit and one his titles is Father of Lies, not being familiar with the Word leaves us vulnerable to deception.
What could be more important than to study it, ponder it; know it?
As I was pondering this, I happened to read the Wednesday post, How to Read the Bible: Eat this Book, on my friend Ann Voskamp's blog, Holy Experience. It blessed me to read it and it affirmed what God was saying to me.
Ann also posted the stunningly beautiful video clip, Creation Calls--are you listening? Click here to view Thanks Ann, for two sources of worship and meditation on this Sabbath day.