Thursday In the Fifth Week of Lent

It wouldn’t be Lent without one “temptation in the wilderness”  post. We are all familiar with  the story, after being baptized, Jesus wanders into the desert and is tempted by the devil for forty days. The last three temptations being — bread for a starving Jesus, all the kingdoms of the world, and to throw himself over a cliff to prove he is the son of God. Jesus resists the temptations and the devil departs.

During Lent we each traverse our own personal deserts fasting, praying, meditating and serving. No one suggests we turn rocks into bread, offers us  world domination, or suggests we jump off a cliff to put God to a test, but we are all tempted, early and often. I don’t mean simply to have one oatmeal raisin cookie, a glass of wine, or a piece of chocolate cake. I’m talking about real temptations — the temptations this material world confronts us with every day. One by one the temptations take different forms, but they all entice us with worldly riches, power and prestige, or the testing of God.

Lent reminds me of spring practice in football. It is during the spring where champions are made. The offense and defense schemes are designed, the players make their “bones” so to speak, and individuals become a team. We practice resisting temptation during Lent so we are prepared  for our new life after Easter. You have a better analogy I’m sure.

Do you think temptations eventually depart like Satan in the desert. Luke reminds us of reality. “When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until a more opportune time.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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