“The devil led him to Jerusalem
and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.”
Our relationship and trust in God are essentially matters between Him and us. They do not need to be flaunted nor do we need to demonstrate them to bullies – be they tempters or mockers. We also do not need to prove them to ourselves. We are merely called to live them out in our everyday lives.
Public and private displays can begin to turn God into a showman for people who are more interested in the amazing and less in the Amazer. And unless the displays continue and grow in magnificence the watchers will get bored and leave – and we could end up wondering if we have failed God or whether He has abandoned us.
Jesus resisted this temptation throughout His ministry yet suffered from crowds who wanted more and more signs and wonders. He knew that the safest place to be was not in responding to the desires of the people – rather it was in quietly listening to God and in saying and doing only what He directed.
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)
Trust and obey
Lord I put my trust in You and not in the opinions of others. Amen.