Alcoholics Anonymous warns it’s participants that there are especially vulnerable times for succumbing to temptation. They use the acronym HALT to help their participants slow down and think when they feel Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired as these are the most vulnerable times to reach for old habits of comfort, in their case alcohol. I attended Overeaters Anonymous meetings for a couple of years and they used this also. I think it is a wise saying for all of us, as these are times when we too are more easily vulnerable to the devil’s wiles.
I see these same vulnerabilities in Jesus when he was in the wilderness and the devil came to tempt him to sin against God. One of the things I like to do when the Lord highlights a scripture for me is to search out the way other Bibles have translated that passage. The various ways it has been translated or paraphrased often help me see a larger picture or understanding of that passage or event. Continue reading