Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
"You must not put Jehovah your God to the test." (Matthew 4:7)
In one of the temptations that Jesus experienced in the wilderness, the Devil stationed Jesus upon the battlement of the temple and challenged him to hurl himself down and allow the angels to save him. (Matthew 4:5, 6) Supposedly, this would result in a spectacular display of Jesus' Messiahship. In reality, though, it would have been an improper, arrogant act that would not have had God's approval and support. Satan may tempt us to seek glory in various ways. He may try to induce us to imitate worldly fads in dress and grooming or to engage in questionable entertainment. But if we were to ignore Bible counsel and imitate the world, could we expect the angels to shield us from the bad effects of such a course? Let us not put Jehovah to the test in improper ways, perhaps by cultivating friendship with the world.—James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 4:10, 11)