If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day’s neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him.
So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour’s presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.-Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 83.
- Temptation in itself is not sin. In the biblical sense, temptation has the potential to affirm the possibility of holiness. To be tempted is one thing; to fall into sin is another. At the same time, what is our responsibility about doing all that we can even to avoid temptation?
- Philosophers and theologians often talk about what they call a
metanarrative,a grand overarching story or theme in which other stories occur. To put it another way, a metanarrative is the background, the context, in which other stories and events unfold. As Seventh-day Adventists, we see the great controversy as the
metanarrativeor background for what has been happening, not only here on earth, but in heaven, as well. What texts in the Bible show us the reality of the great controversy and how it helps explain what is going on in the world?
- What are some of the most powerful Bible texts that promise us victory over the temptations that come our way? Why, though, even with these promises, is it still so easy to fall?
- One of the lessons this week made the following statement:
Doubting God’s Word is the first step in yielding to temptation.Why would that be so?
In what ways can idolatry be much more subtle than bowing down and worshiping something other than the Lord?