Temptations Expiry Date

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Writer- Jeff McConnell

“The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever. The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip. The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged.”

—Psalms 37:29-33

 

 

Here David sings of the sweet provisions and deliverance of the Lord towards the righteous. They will be receiving the inheritance of the land of Israel and “dwell in it forever”. In “the land” the righteous have a permanent home, a blessed promise to a people who feel to be aliens in the world that cares nothing about them or their God.

 

They possess certain wisdom and impartial justice in their dealings in all that they do. This wisdom is of course not their own that they have developed, but a moral lifestyle received by the word of God being placed into their hearts by faith. In this way, the righteous never lose their footing from the straight and narrow path of God but persevere through trial due to the comforts that their worldview brings to their soul.

 

As in this passage, the New Testament speaks clearly that the righteous possess an enemy that is far more ruthless and powerful than any human—the devil. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). This foe rules over the wicked and spreads bitterness about the Christian faith and Christians specifically. Many such enemies under his ruling spy out our Christian liberties, joy, and high views of morality that in their jealousy and hatred, that they might begin persecution.

 

The best part of today’s scripture is this promise that exists even for us in the New Covenant, “The LORD will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged.” Our Deliverer, Savior, Rescuer will come through to deliver us from the evil days that are to come. God is not content to “leave” us in the arms of His greatest enemy, though He may give us times to come face to face with temptations. Temptations, however, have end dates and will never claim us ultimately.

 

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”  (Romans 8:31-35)

 

 

 

 

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