Today is the day of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles. Today's readings are Psalm 119.9-16, Exodus 20.1-24, and Luke 4.1-15.
We are often tempted to take things into our own hands. It's very easy for us to assume that we know best, then act accordingly. For that matter, it is easy for us to confess that God knows best and then we act according to our own desires and plans. In today's reading from Exodus, God gives the Israelites commands about how to honor him and one another. He reminds them that they do not make any other gods to accompany him, the true God. Life in God's household is to be according to his command. Likewise, when Jesus is tempted by Satan in our reading from Luke we see that he answers his adversary with God's word. It is by God's unadulterated command and by trust in God's provision, not man's provision, that Jesus overcomes Satan.
May our Lord and Savior grant that we look to him for our provision, trusting in his promises, not in our own wisdom.