The Trick of Misdirection

Lamentations 3:22-26

22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.

When Jesus was baptized, God the Father called Jesus His beloved and pleasing Son (Matthew 3:17)—just as any good father would. But what’s interesting is how the enemy addressed Jesus in the temptation. Satan specifically omits the part about Jesus being beloved and pleasing, and instead calls into question His identity as the Son of God: “If you are the Son of God . . .” (Matthew 4:3,6). The enemy does this on purpose, knowing that if Jesus were reminded of the Father’s love for Him, he would have no chance to tempt Christ to fail to do His Father’s will. It was a trick of misdirection on a grand and cosmic scale!

The devil did the same thing to Eve in the garden of Eden, suggesting that God didn’t want her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because He didn’t want her to become powerful, not because He loved her (Genesis 3:4-5). And once she doubted that God cared for her, the fall was imminent.

Let’s plant our eyes firmly on our loving God (Romans 8:38-39). If our eyes are fixed there, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance to trick us!

From Our Daily Journey

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