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My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
- Isaiah 55:8 (NRSV)
I tend to be a slow learner, and I also tend to think that I know what’s best. As a teenager, I sometimes did what I wanted to do instead of listening to my parents. Now as an adult, I sometimes do what I want to do instead of listening to God. Even after countless times of being left broken, hurt, or empty as a result of listening only to myself, I still struggle to obey God.
In today’s reading, the tempter tried three times to convince Jesus to give in to temptation instead of listening to God. Each of the three times, instead of heeding those words, Jesus spoke God’s truth. Even though the offers were enticing, Jesus knew that God’s ways are better.
Today, we may be tempted to cut corners at work or to lower our standards in relationships or to shirk our commitments instead of being faithful. We are often tempted to do what we think is easier instead of listening to God.
Even though I am still a slow learner, I have come to realize that no matter how much sense my ways make, they always lead to brokenness. When we follow God’s ways, life may not be easier but the result is always better. God’s ways lead to wholeness and life every time.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room