Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 12, 2013
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 12, 2013
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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"And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue
us from the evil one."
Sometimes the Bible is difficult to understand. It
seems full of contradictions. Why would God tempt
anyone? F. F. Bruce notes that this request is very
similar to the Jewish service of morning and evening
prayer, "Do not bring us into the power of temptation."
It is important to remember that "God cannot be tempted
with evil and tempts no one" (James 1:13 NIV). Yet James
writes that we are blessed when we endure temptation and
the testing of our faith produces steadfastness (James
The apostle Paul encourages us with the reminder that,
"No testing has overtaken you that is not common to
everyone. God is faithful and will not let you be tested
beyond your strength. But with the testing God will also
provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it"
(1 Corinthians 10:13, The New Testament and Psalms: An
A fifth-century Eastern Liturgy of St. James, recites this
after the Lord's Prayer:
Yes, O Lord our God, lead us not into temptation which we
are not able to bear, but with the temptation grant also
the way out, so that we may be able to remain steadfast;
and deliver us from evil.
I have often jokingly said, "And lead me not into
temptation, for I can get there by myself, thank you very
much!" Be aware today of what entices you into evil. If
possible, avoid it.
God, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from the
evil one. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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