Pastor Bill Francis
Morello Hills Christian Church
Luke 4:3 Then the Devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread.”
I have learned through experience and Scripture that when I am weak (and I often am) God demonstrates His strength. (2Cor 12:10) However, I also know that my weakness has potential to be a foothold for temptations and Satan’s destructive work! In the Old Testament Esau sold his birthright because he was famished; he felt weak from not eating and he gave in to temptation. Now, as hungry as Esau felt, I’m sure that his condition was physically far stronger than Jesus’ was after fasting 40 days!
In the passage for today, Satan hits Jesus at a weak point, a potential seam in his armor. And to intensify the temptation, he puts it as a challenge to Jesus’ identity saying, “If you are the Son of God …?” Had I been in Jesus’ place, I’m sure that my pride would have gotten in the way at this point. I likely would have gone right to the, “I’ll show you Son of God power!” But Jesus, of course, knew better.
Be ready for temptation when you are tired (possibly weakened) from decisively pushing into your relationship with God. Commit to read you Bible daily-watch out! Commit to attend church regularly-watch out! Commit to be in a Bible study or small group-watch out! Fast from something during the Lent season-watch out! Though spiritual disciplines will strengthen us, the course of growth can be indirect. Like a horse being broken to ride, our own will can make this process difficult. And in these times of progress we must be wise to Satan’s deceptive words of temptation. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” (James 4:7)
Just remember when you feel weak, stand tall and let God be your strength! Tomorrow we will see how Jesus handled this temptation.
Prayer: Lord, be my strength and my shield.