Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

“Then the devil left Jesus, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.” – Matthew 4:11

In this holy season, really any season of the year, temptations abound. High School seniors are tempted by the dreaded affliction known as “senior-itus.” Workers, having been cooped up in offices and cubicles for a long winter’s nap, are tempted to take an extra-long lunch hour to get out. Claiming of course that all they are doing is a little “First Article Appreciation!”

During this holy season we are confronted, at least in our eyes, with extra services at church. The temptation is obvious. Do I really need to go? Do I really have to go? I’ve had a long day at work. I’ve had a long day at school and there’s a ton of homework to be done.

Do you need to go? Yes, by all means for you “need” what it is that Jesus has to give you. You need the sure promise of His Word that alone brings forgiveness, life, and salvation. You need to hear the sure promise that His temptation, suffering, death and resurrection were for you. Let the angels come and minister to you!

Prayer: Jesus, lead thou on Till our rest is won. Heav’nly leader still direct us, Still support, console, protect us, Till we safely stand In our fatherland. (Jesus, Lead Thou On, LSB 718:4).

This devotion was written by Rev. Michael Scudder – Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, IA.

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