Click here for the reading: Matthew 4:1-11.
Jesus hungered after fasting forty days and nights. The devil comes to our Lord when he thought He was weakest. He tempts Him with food, security, and power. The Lord never succumbs to temptation.
Jesus answers the devil with something very powerful, the very Word of God. The devil too knows his Bible and sought to trick Jesus using God’s own Word. Just as he did in the Garden, the devil would distort the Word in order to lead men into sin. Jesus does not fall for such trickery. Where our father Adam failed, Jesus Christ is victorious, and the devil flees.
As we are buffeted by sin and temptation, the devil whispers in our ears, sometimes using Scripture, but often appealing to our own reason or base appetites. Where Jesus found comfort and protection in the Word, the devil will often tempt you to find remedies elsewhere. Are you struggling with stress? The devil would lead you away from prayer and the Psalms and turn you toward drugs and drink. Are you a glutton? The devil will sing siren songs of freedom and glorify you as you gorge yourself. Are you fearing you won’t be saved? The devil turns your own eyes toward you and directs you to find salvation outside the finished work of Christ.
But the promises of Scripture are more powerful than any demon. The promises of Scripture are sure and true. Jesus says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
Jesus delivers what He promises. He gives you rest from this weary world and cleanses you from all sin. In times of great trial, we must remember the Words of Christ.
As we are led into the wilderness, we often forget to bring that which is necessary, and find ourselves with the very thing that will guard us in moments of temptation. We must keep the Word in our hearts and minds. If we do this, we will never be without a two-edged sword.
Do not give ear to the devil. Instead turn to God’s Word. Turn to Christ. Pray to Him for deliverance. Our Lord is victorious over the devil. Our victory is His victory. Fear not the evil one. Cling to the Word. It is a mighty arm for battle.