“where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry. 3The devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” Luke 4:3-4
This morning I was watching a message about trust and it brought me to the passage I posted above. Like many people, I have heard the story of Jesus being tempted before but my eyes were opened to two things. One before Jesus started performing miracles this moment happened with the devil in the wilderness, I believe this was the moment for him to be secure in who he was and secondly it was the moment for him to secure his trust in God and not his abilities.
“If we are secure in who God called us to be why then do we need to convince others?”
Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights and at this point in the story it states that he was hungry. Satan then comes and says if he is the son of God to turn the rock into bread. This made me think of my own life and the lives of people around me. We live life trying to convince people of who we are and what our calling is but if we are secure in who God called us to be why then do we need to convince others? Jesus could have changed the stone to bread but I believe he wanted to show Satan that he was secure in himself and didn’t have to prove anything to him.
“Keep my mind on God and that he is the determining factor…”
Secondly he wanted to prove that although he hungered his survival wasn’t dependant on bread but on God. He was telling Satan that his circumstances did not determine whether he lived or died, God was the only determining factor. I thought of how easy it is for me to get wrapped up n how bad things look that I feel like things are over but I determine to keep my mind on God and that he is the determining factor not my situation. He also proved that his power came from his trust in God and not his abilities, he proved that his confidence didn’t come from the works of his hands but his complete trust and dedication to God’s word.
I realized the wilderness or the situations that come up in our lives are used to secure us in who we were called to be and to keep our eyes fixed on God. Stop looking at the hard times as a curse but instead as a process to propel you to who you were meant to be. The wilderness will last but for a while and when you command the devil to flee, you will come out walking in the blessings God has for you. Just hold on a little longer, you’re on your way out of the wilderness.