For those seeking miracles

by Guy Duininck:

Don’t Tempt God by Violating His Design

In Luke 4, we read about three specific temptations Satan brought to Jesus. The third was a temptation that Jesus throw Himself from the pinnacle of a temple, expecting that God would send angels to intervene and save Him from disaster because He was the Son of God. Satan used Scripture to support this temptation, quoting from Psalm 91,

“For it is writte…n, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Luke 4:10-11

As with the first two temptations, Jesus refused this third temptation. He answered Satan with these words,

“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Luke 4:12

In this third temptation, Satan tempted Jesus to knowingly Violate God’s Design — to ignore the law of gravity — and expect God to Intervene and prevent the obvious consequences.

It seems to me that this temptation Jesus faced and avoided is a temptation that too many modern day believers have entered into. They Violate God’s Design in areas of diet and health, in relationships, in parenting, in financial matters and other areas. They “jump,” fall into trouble, and then call upon God with passion and faith and tears and crying, asking Him to Intervene so that they don’t crash and experience Disaster.

Some believers eat too much food, eat the wrong kinds of food, don’t exercise, worry obsessively, and then when their health begins to fail, call out to God in faith, “God, I am your son, I am your daughter, You are my Father, please heal me! You promised! You need to work a miracle in my life!”

— No, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God by Violating His Design and then Expecting Divine Intervention.

Some Christian parents ignore their children, shout at them with terrible words and abusive tones, fail to lovingly care for them, fail to instruct them, fail to correct them, live hypocritical lives, and, basically, fail to parent with the wisdom and love of God. Then when trouble starts to surface with their children, they beg God, “Please save my children; please heal their pain.” They call the pastor or their church friends and ask them to pray that their backslidden children will come home. They cry out for a miracle; for a divine intervention!

— No, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God by Violating the Design and then Expecting Divine Intervention.

Some so-called Christian husbands ignore their wives, call them foul names, act like fools, look at things they shouldn’t be looking at, offer no love, kindness, gentleness, or strength, and flirt with other women. Then, when their wives begin to pull away from them and begin to talk about wanting a divorce, they beg God to heal their marriage. They cry out for a Miracle!

— No, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God by Violating the Design and then Expecting Divine Intervention.

Some believers, not paying attention to good Scriptural teaching about finances, give too much money under compulsion to so called ministers who are shameless hucksters. They fail to balance their checkbooks, they are lazy in their work, they buy on impulse, they don’t save, and they end up in financial trouble. Then they plead with God for a financial breakthrough Miracle!

— No, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God by Violating the Design and then Expecting Divine Intervention.

“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.” — You shall not Violate what God has Designed — that Design which He has Wisely set in place and Revealed and which, when it is followed, will produce good things and bear wonderful fruit — and then pray for, ask for, demand, and expect a Divine Intervention! No! You can’t jump off the cliff in violation of the law of gravity and then cry out on your way down, “God, I am your son!!” expecting Him to Intervene and keep you from hitting the ground!

Too many believers are Tempting God. Too many are thinking what they want, speaking what they want, eating what they want, buying what they want, acting how they want, treating others how they want, and then, when the Inevitable Disaster is upon them and the Crash on the Stones is Imminent, they Pray and Cry out and try to exercise faith, Expecting that since they are sons and daughters, God will Intervene in their lives and Stop the impending Disaster with a Breakthrough Miracle.

No! If you willfully Violate God’s Design and jump, you SHOULD NOT expect to not “dash your foot against a stone!” Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God! 

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