Jesus fought too

February 13, 2018

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:1-4

In order to save us from the devil, Jesus had to battle against him. He had to fight against every single temptation. This first temptation doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal. Jesus, you’re hungry. You haven’t eaten for 40 days. So turn the stones into bread and eat. But the tempation is to not trust God. God promised that Jesus would live through this. So if he gave in, he would be trusting his emotions and not God’s promises.

Satan gets us with this temptation too doesn’t he? We get into a situation with friends or at work and we are tempted to lie because if we tell the truth it could cost us friends or our job. But rather lie, we trust in the one who has all power and all control. Our life exists and is held together only because God directs it. Because truth is, we continue to wake up and live every day only because God directs it. Jesus knew this. And so he said “no” to the devil’s temptation. He trusted God perfectly for us.

Today, the devil is going to tempt you to not trust God, so look to Jesus. It is because of him that God now sees you as someone who perfectly trusts him in all circumstances. The God who has made you perfect and opened heavens gates to you through Jesus can and will heal your broken heart. He can and will provide for you. Let your heart be at rest today knowing God has everything in control. Then praise Jesus for trusting God perfectly for you!