The sinful actions of Adam and Eve quickly lead to a world filled with rebellion. As we see from our reading today, this rebellion is encouraged by forces inside and outside of people. Genesis 6:5 speaks of how the inclination of the hearts of the people was to do "only evil all the time." They didn't need a cheerleader encouraging them to sin; it is what they sought to do themselves.
In contrast, the temptation of Jesus is external: Satan is encouraging Jesus to rebel against God. Satan's desire is to get Jesus to not live by faith, which is the very same thing he tempts us to do. Not only does this external pressure come from Satan but Proverbs 1 speaks of sinners who "entice" us to live how they do. With both internal and external forces encouraging us to rebel against God, how can we resist?
David's psalm gives us one means of doing so. He speaks of calling out to God in desperation and relying on the one who is greater than we are. This is the very same thing we need to do as well. Whether driving in traffic during season, trying to respond to my kids with patience, or serving others rather than myself, I must rely on God. He alone is the one, through His Spirit, who can give us the ability to live by faith. Our own strength will fail but God's never will.
Question of the day: What are the forces in your life which most clearly entice you away from God?
God, I confess that I am weak and desperately need your strength to live by faith. Help me to resist my sinful desires, the works of Satan, and the ways of sin. Help me to walk by your Spirit and in doing so live to please you. Amen.