E-votional One Day At A Time 
August 27, 2001
"It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.."
2 Samuel 11:3 (NRSV)


Temptation comes in many different forms and fashions, but one thing remains constant, we are only tempted by those things we "perceive" we need.  When we are thirsty, salt tastes very good, yet it is really the last thing we need.  When we hunger, sugar is an empty source of food, and David, the king with wives and concubines, evidently felt lonely or empty, and saw the woman, Bathsheba, from his roof.  The funning thing about temptation is that when you feel whole and satisfied, it can't touch you, but when you begin to stir and feel uneasy or unbalanced, it can and will get you.

Hear the Good News, as Jesus wandered through the wilderness, facing the temptations of the Adversary, he relied on one thing to get him through the whole experience, His identity.  He knew who He was and whose he was.  The child of God, God incarnate.  He dealt with each instant one at a time, and each thing offered was not needed.  Could he have "wanted" the temptations?  Maybe, did he need them, knowing who He was?  No.  The same holds true for us.  When we know who we are and whose we are, we can face each day like a champ.  So, who are we?  God's creation, a person with gifts and love to share.  Someone with a ministry within us.  Whose are we?  God's child, one who has been sought after from the beginning of our existence.  How is it that we find this out?  With a personal encounter with Christ.  Want to know what that is like?  Ask a Christian, ask a minister, ask me, but ask someone who is one and has had one.


God, help me to face each day one day at a time, knowing who I am and whose I am.  For I am Yours and You are mine.  Let me find that which I seek in You, and not in the saccharines and nutra-sweets of life.  Today I will lean on You.  Thank you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do in my life.  Amen.