So I was reading in Matthew 4 tonight and verse one got me thinking:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Why on Earth would the Spirit do a thing like that? Is that really the way it works? The Spirit leading into temptation? Then it hit me. There’s some good news that comes from this. Check out Hebrews 4:14-16, one of my absolute favorite passages:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Just another affirmation that God’s plan is perfect. How would Jesus become the perfect mediator for us unless he himself was tempted? Knowing this should, like the author said, feed our confidence when “[drawing] near to the throne of grace” because the one we call out to for help is tried and true. There’s no advice quite like that coming from a voice of experience and because of the temptations Christ faced during his time on Earth, it’s been made available to us.
The intricacies of God’s plan blow me away more and more as I live more life and yet, as impressive as His mastery of making everything work for his purpose is, I need reminders all the time. Forgetfulness is one of the aspects of our flawed flesh that I hate the most. I want to be mindful of God’s plan all the time. Mindful of the power of the gospel all the time, but alas, I’m a work in progress (Phil 1:6).