2011-03-22 - Forty Days and Forty Nights
The Songs of Lent ~ Part 2
|Mark 1 tells us of Christ's temptations by the Devil, during his 40 days
in the desert. Of course Jesus was/is God, and He has that advantage in
overcoming temptations. We might be tempted, therefore, to say that we "can't"
overcome a bad habit or sin, because we just don't have the strength or the
ability. But we have no excuses, because as the song "Forty Days and
Forty Nights" (Please see lyrics below.) reminds us, He can "grant
that we not faint or fall." First Corinthians 10:13 tells us that no matter
the temptation, God can enable us to resist it whether it's a temptation
to lose our temper, cut someone off in traffic when we are in a hurry, copy
a copyrighted song onto a CD, `fudge' on our taxes, flirt, puff ourselves
up with pride - or whatever happens to be our "achilles heel." Does it mean
that the Christian life should be easy? Absolutely not. Christ's life was
anything but easy. But is it doable? Absolutely.
The assistance may come via a friend who will hold us accountable, a pastor, an Alcoholics Anonymous group who will help us stay on the "straight and narrow," or from a myriad of sources.
This lovely song also reminds us that God provides angels to aid us. Angels are His ministering servants, and sometimes we don't even realize we are in their presences; as the Bible teaches us, we sometimes "entertain angels unawares."
No matter what we are dealing with, God will provide all the power we need to resist any temptation; all we need to do is ask Him and obey Him.
|Forty Days And Forty Nights
Forty days and forty nights
Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Should not we Thy sorrow share
Then if Satan on us press,
So shall we have peace divine:
Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
George Hunt Smyttan (1822-1870), 1856
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.