“And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”’ And Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”’” Luke 4:9-12
In the final temptation before Jesus begins his ministry, the devil challenges Jesus to question God’s faithfulness. He wants Jesus to prove that God is caring, loving, and sovereign.
Jesus will not take it. He knows that his Father is wholly trustworthy; he doesn’t need to test God to see if God loves him. He hold fast to the Word of God.
How about us? Have you ever wondered if God was trustworthy? Have you wondered if he was withholding something good? Have you questioned whether God cared in a hard circumstance? We have all failed to trust God’s faithfulness. And yet, our loving Father remains faithful to us.
When facing temptation to not trust God, I return again and again to the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness—what a joyful statement of truth! God never changes, his compassions never fail. Listen to the words and praise God for his unfailing faithfulness.
Faithful Father, thank you that I can always trust in you. Please help me to believe in your faithfulness even when I don’t understand my circumstances; help me to look to Jesus who put his ultimate trust in you in the hardest circumstance of all time, on the cross. In his name I pray, Amen.