Doesn’t it stink when you do everything right and it seems like everything goes wrong? And worse, it seems like God Himself is the one putting you in those tough situations – or at least, He doesn’t seem to be in a rush to get me out.
Going along with the continued theme of “Getting Out of the Pit”, I was reading earlier this week about the time when the Lord Jesus Himself found Himself in a sort of “pit” of His own. The story appears in Luke 4:1-13 – the story of when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. That story touches me so much because it shows that Jesus really did go through everything we go through as well.
Think about it – He was doing everything right. He was 100% obedient to His Father. He agreed to come down from heaven and live on this horrible sin-infested planet called Earth. He agreed to be born in a filthy manger in the middle of smelly animals and their disgustingly unsanitary environment. When we had our first child, we paid $400 out of pocket to ensure that we wouldn’t have to share a room with another person. Imagine sharing it with the cast from Old MacDonald’s farm!
Jesus did everything right. He fasted. He prayed. He obeyed His parents. He loved everyone. He did everything right!!! So why does God put Him in this situation – “being tempted for forty days by the devil”?