Monday Meditations: Matt. 4.10

It has really been bothering me that I could not think of a clever name for my weekly meditation post. The problem (at least as it stuck in my head) was one of alliteration (perhaps this is the nascent pastor in me trying to emerge) – I started the thing on a Wednesday and no good W words came to mind. All I kept thinking was “Monday Meditations” makes more sense. So here we are. Monday probably also makes more sense as it is the beginning of the week for most people. So take this verse with you this week. Repeat it to yourself. Reflect on its meaning. Listen to the Spirit leading you into truth.

Matt. 4.10: “Get out of here Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Here are few ideas for meditating on this:

  • Remember to focus on each word in turn. YOU must worship… You MUST worship… You must WORSHIP… etc. Take your time with this. You have all week. Don’t rush through it.
  • Think about the verse Jesus quotes here (Deut. 6.13) in its context as a response to Satan asking Jesus to kneel and worship. Consider the connections between kneeling, service and worship.
  • Heb. 4.15 tells us Jesus was tempted just as we are. As you meditate on this verse, reflect on things (possessions, people, your job, statements made to you, thoughts in your head) that ask you to kneel and worship. You may find yourself repeating Jesus’ words to work of Satan in your own life.
  • Don’t limit yourself to these. I have no way of knowing where the Spirit may lead you. Listen. Really listen. The Lord will speak to you.

Book review: Max Lucado’s Fearless

Perhaps inspired by the Grammy winning album by Taylor Swift, Max Lucado has written a book with the same title. Yet in reading it, you come to see that unlike Ms. Swift’s call to live without fear, Lucado is willing to settle for the more pedestrian goal of fearing less. Like all Lucado’s books, Fear Less (as the title should be typed imo) is well written and contains many great stories told well. From these stories the reader can gain insight and encouragement for overcoming the many fears that inundate our everyday lives. More encouragement than insight I would say, as the book has less reflection on the stories and on conquering fear than I would like. If you are looking for a more concise, direct approach to conquering fear (or one without religious trappings), Seth Godin is another author to read (I especially like The Dip). This book really only covers basic everyday fears well imo. If you are facing a truly terrifying situation (e.g., cancer, incarceration) I don’t think you will find much in this book to help you. It is good at what it does, but it treads lightly on a subject that is a deep abyss.