Daily Dose, March 13 — Lent

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” (Matthew 4:5-7)

The temptation to think that we are an exception to the rules of life can be overwhelming. We like being an exception, and there is almost nothing more intoxicating than privilege. The cart-path-only sign applies to others but not to me. Drive like a maniac, spend like there is no tomorrow and neglect our health, pretending that there will never be consequences.

Jesus refused to be duped by the Devil. He never once asked for an exception. He said his prayers, read his Bible, went to worship, chose to be baptized and died on a cross, all without complaint. He knew that if he leapt from the steeple, he would be dead as a doornail as soon as he hit the pavement. It’s called gravity, and we would do well to pay close attention and consider the enormous gravity in all our decisions. -- Dr. Don Martin