FRIDAY, JULY 31
“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”
Luke 4:13 (ESV)
SELF-CONTROL: KEEP YOUR GUARD UP
There is always someone standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There is a tradition among the guards who serve at the Tomb. Whenever they salute a commissioned officer they say in a loud voice. “Line six, sir!” That is a reference to line six of the Sentinel’s Creed. In 99 words this creed captures what it means to be a guard at the Tomb. It states, “My dedication to this sacred duty is total and whole-hearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.”
The soldiers standing guard symbolizes the need to always keep our guard up on things that are valuable to us. When Jesus resisted Satan’s temptation in Luke 4 the text let us know that Satan wasn’t done but would wait for another opportunity to tempt Jesus. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman prime minister of England stated, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” That was the case for Jesus and will be the case for all Christians who follow Him.
God’s Word warns us, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). Just because we aren’t struggling with temptation at any given moment, it doesn’t mean that temptation will never come again. Proverbs 4:23(NLT) paraphrases our protection and says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” What do you think you can do to keep the guard up for your heart?