February 15, 2013

God’s Word sustains

By Liliana Ballge, financial aid assistant director
SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:1-13 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

The life of a Christian isn’t without test or trials, rather our assurance is in knowing that God is in control. However, as Christ himself exemplified in Luke 4:1-13, we too must equip ourselves with God’s Word as a weapon against the devil himself or as a tool for facing any test or trial. I have found this to be true in my own life.

Like Jesus, God’s Word has been the sustaining power while dealing with the illness and death of my mother-in-law. Three years ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment and was healed. However, a couple months later, she again became sick and this time the cancer was more severe. During the same week that we were preparing to celebrate my husband’s graduation, we were also at the hospice house watching my mother-in-law lose her life at the young age of 55. To this day, tears fill my eyes and my heart feels the pain of losing her, but I am comforted by God’s Word that Jesus Christ is my comfort and strength, her Healer and our Savior.

While we mourned for her loss, we rejoiced that she is no longer in pain and is resting in peace. God showed us his salvation by coming to this earth in the form of a human named Jesus and overcoming death. I thank God that because of his resurrection power, we have a new heaven to look forward to. A place described in Revelations 21:4 where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:1-13 (NRSV)
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.” ’
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.” ’
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you”,
and
“On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’
Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’ When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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Comments (6)

  1. Dear Liliana,
    Thank you for your profound and anguished meditation. May I offer my heartfelt support by my prayer and my own personal suffering and that of my friends. There is only one cross, that of our dear Lord Jesus, whish we carry in union with him. Pray for me, too.
    Mervyn Carapiet
    Lenten Blessings,
    Mervyn Carapiet

    Mervyn Carapiet February 15, 2013 |
  2. I too, lost a mother-in-law to cancer. She was a wonderful woman of God and I miss her dearly. She had several different cancers and many treatments. There were times we saw God’s healing power and times he gave grace to help us. May God continue to give us His peace and grace knowing one day we will be reunited. Blessings to you.

    Sandy Stuckey February 15, 2013 |
  3. Liliana, it is wonderful that the certainty of the love and sacrifice of Jesus has sustained you and your husband through the loss of his mother. Your message of hope and inspiration will no doubt comfort countless others; thank you for sharing it.

    Michele February 15, 2013 |
  4. It actually says in three different places in scripture that God will wipe away all tears. This repetition seems to be saying to us that this is an important message. God loves us so much and yearns to comfort us.

    Bill Samuel February 15, 2013 |
  5. I found this devotional very comforting.

    Marcella Stalter February 15, 2013 |
  6. DAILY Bible reading is a must for the Christian today to use against the many sneaky ways the devil uses to trip us up. Thank you for that reminder. For those of us who have received Christ into our hearts- the best is yet to come!! How comforting that is when death tries to steal our joy.

    Betty February 15, 2013 |