Luke 4:1-3NKJV — Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
Our Lord and Savior walked this earth and gave us incredible insights into life.
Here we see a common snare of the enemy.
He takes a circumstance and he tempts Jesus to supply His own need, through attacking who Jesus is.
The enemy targets the very identity of Jesus and then basically says: “prove it”.
As followers of Christ we need to be guarded against both these things.
First, it’s very important we not allow the enemy to prick us into action to prove we are followers of Christ.
As those who are simply walking behind their Master we need not fall prey to the enemy compelling us to “do” or “be”.
Rather, we need to find our identity in our relationship with our Lord Jesus, not our activities for Him.
Which easily leads us to the other trick Satan tries.
He craftily is saying, “You have a need, You are God’s, get what you need.”
It is never good for us to try to supply what is lacking in our own strength.
Even Jesus, God’s Son, made it clear He didn’t act on His own, but was about the Father’s business.
John 5:19 NKJV — Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
As Jesus followed the Father so we should follow Jesus.
Because His life gives us a better understanding of God and His desired relationship with us.
So, what is the answer to the temptation to “prove yourself”, “provide for your needs”, or “fix the problem”?
Luke 4:4 NKJV — But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”
We were never meant to live separate from God.
And although the breech is wide between us and God, due to sin, Jesus saves us.
His death and Resurrection made a way for us to be redeemed.
His Word provides us with the instruction on how to live and warns against those things which will hinder our relationship with Him.
His Word also teaches us about our enemy and his schemes, that we might know how to respond when faced with temptation.
For it is folly to assume the one who tempted Jesus in the wilderness for forty days wouldn’t also tempt us.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for Your example to us and Your instructions on life. Lord Jesus, thank You for walking daily with me and teaching me. Lord, please help us learn to be diligent to rest in You for all things, not to strive to supply our own needs. Lord, help us learn how to live by Your Word and not by bread alone. Lord, life is so much more than the food we eat. Please continue to teach us, to hone our hearts, to guide us in Your ways. Lord, help us, please, to be guarded against the snares of the enemy, to put off pride and anything else which would lead us astray. Thank You for Your faithfulness! Your ways are perfect and Your truth is incredible! Amen.