I alluded to this a few weeks ago, but I haven't made the time to blog until now.
At church on a Wednesday night, we were discussing Matthew 4:1-11 (the temptation of Jesus in the desert). It's a familiar passage to those who've been around churches for awhile.
The thing that struck me this time around was something that our Pastor said about the third tempation in verses 8-10. The devil offers Jesus dominion over all kingdoms of the world, if Jesus will worship the devil. Jesus refuses and moves on.
If you think about it, of course, Jesus is going to get everything the devil promises eventually. We see that in the glorious picture at the end of Revelation. What the devil promises is not just getting all that stuff, but getting it quickly ... without the wait, and without the pain.
I've noted before in blog entries that this is a lonely and tiring time in my life right now. I've prayed to God for relief from this, only to consistently get the message that this is where God wants me right now. (Which is downright annoying.) It occurs to me that there may be a principle that applies here. I want the easy and quick way out of this; God may have something to do in me through the long drought.
I don't know that it makes it any easier. A little, perhaps. But it certainly gives one perspective on this phase of life.