“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4 (NKJV)
Today I want to share three ideas I see in this short passage: Provisions, Temptations, and Blessings.
In this passage we see Jesus, who humbled Himself to become the “Son of Man” as he refers to Himself, face the same struggles and temptations we have. He was at His most vulnerable after fasting for forty days and faced the very human condition of hunger. That is when Satan came to Him and tempted Jesus saying, “Command that these stones become bread.”
It doesn’t seem like such a bad thing on the surface, but as you continue to read the passage you see that Satan wanted to be worshiped. He wanted the Lord of Lords to humble Himself and worship the devil. He was so prideful he really thought Jesus would give in to his taunt, especially in a moment of physical weakness.
It can be like that for us sometimes. We may be in a place in our lives where we are lacking any number of things: food for our families, money, jobs, solid relationships, joy, health, etc. Physically and emotionally we may be weak with anxiety thinking about all the things we need right now.
Just like it doesn’t seem like a bad thing on the surface to want these these (we all need food!) it becomes a stumbling block in our lives if we loose sight to what is important: living “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV). Just like a lion, the devil will seek out the weak. those individuals who have spent themselves with worry and have lost sight of the Lord, our protection and Good Shepard.
The good news is we can have the victory over Satan. We can live everyday by the word of God; focus our minds, hearts, and souls on meditating on the Bible, praying, and encouraging one another.
And the Lord will provide! He will give you the victory and bring you peace during any trials that may come.
Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
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Stay tuned for Part 2 – Temptations