Right in front of you
Thursday, December 16, 1999

   Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
    -- Hebrews 2:18, New International Version

   Temptation is something that surrounds us.  Locally, Foley's is having another big sale, that commercials on the radio and TV both call us to come on in and buy.  The table that will be before us as guests arrive, at parties, in our own homes or with friends are done up in such a tempting way.  Then there is that ever present anxiety that goes along with the holidays, it changes even the meekest to the most aggressive.  Then in the business world, drive for that bonus, or the idea of looking our only for No. 1.  Face it, temptation is everywhere and so much more.  But hear the Good News, Jesus was tempted like we are!  He suffered like we do!  God in his grace made sure that we have someone in heaven who knows what it is like to face mortality.  By this same experience, we can be assured of God's strength and peace during any of our trying and tempting times.  Aren't you thankful that Jesus knew mortality and now is in a position to redeem, to bless, and to ultimately help us mortals?  Stand firm in the faith that by looking at each temptation, one at a time, we can by God's STRENGTH and PEACE, persevere each and every situation.

   Loving and Almighty God, I know you know me and what is best for me.  But Father, I'm even more confident in your care and understanding because Jesus shared in our wrestling match with mortality.  Thank you Jesus for pleading my cause at the Father's right hand.  I ask for the Father's continued grace in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.