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In Who or What Do You Trust?


Luke 4:8-13 New International Version

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[a]” 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[b]” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[c]” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.


Tuesday - March 8

There are some who think that they have God and everything they need when they have money and property; they trust in them and boast in them so stubbornly and securely that they care for no one else. They, too, have a god—mammon by name, that is, money and property—on which they set their whole heart. This is the most common idol on earth. Those who have money and property feel secure, happy, and fearless, as if they were sitting in the midst of paradise. On the other hand, those who have nothing doubt and despair as if they knew of no god at all. We will find very few who are cheerful, who do not fret and complain, if they do not have mammon. This desire for wealth clings and sticks to our nature all the way to the grave. (Martin Luther, The Large Catechism).

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