Don’t Tempt Christ
Daily Devotional for May 11th
Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 1 Corinthians 10:9
In our spiritual journey as a Christian, we may not be as aware of the effects that some of our actions may have on our lives, but they definitely effect us. We also may not realize the effects that our actions may have on the Lord. Honestly, our actions are as seeds that are planted in the soil. The scary thing is those seeds will come up and we will reap what we have sown.
Paul warns the Corinthians here that we have Israel for an example concerning the way we respond to God and His dealings with us. As Israel spake against God and Moses concerning the hardships they were going through, we have the ability to do the same. Even though we may not find areas of our journey comfortable, we must not speak against God. We must not tempt Christ. Paul warns us that Israel tempted Christ when they were destroyed of the serpents in the wilderness in Numbers 21.
Some people are not satisfied with the direction God is taking them. In this journey we may not always like the paths God is taking us down, but the journey is not the destination. God is faithful to bring you to a place of blessing! Others are not satisfied with the Lord’s provision. They do not like the daily blessing God has chosen to give them. Therefore, they start looking back toward Egypt; i.e., their old life. This is a dangerous place to be.
Have you considered that choosing one day to forsake the Lord and go back to living your life as before is tempting Christ? Have you ever thought that speaking against God’s method of deliverance or direction He’s taking you is considered tempting Him? God has so many great things to give you but He wants you to be His and His alone. The sad thing is that many people believe that they can walk in and out of relationship with God and not be affected by it.
How do we keep from tempting Christ? We accomplish this by holding firmly to His hand; that we cling to Him in our struggles and not allow the devil to draw us away from keeping Jesus number one in our lives. We must trust that God’s plan for us will result in our good. God will supply all of your needs, but we must realize that we will go through some hard times in order to get to the land God has promised us. David said Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil for though art with me.