4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Pastor – Concord CA
Observation: Jesus alone in the desert experiencing the fullness and struggle of silence and solitude. He faithfully honored His time alone to the point of vulnerability. At the end of His desert time, His potential struggle as a human being rose to the surface. These struggles pointed out by the one who would want to stop Jesus before He even started to honor the call on His life. Jesus faced it with a confident response. His answer came from the Word of God. He knew the truth, the Word of God, rooted in His heart. He was ready with an answer for every struggle the enemy would put before Him as the Son of God.
Action: Lord Jesus, as I follow You, may I be willing to experience the fullness of silence and solitude. As I find moments to be quiet and still, may you bring the hidden areas of my life to the surface that the enemy might use to hinder Your call on my life. May Your Word be written on my heart and give me the truth to acknowledge and surrender that struggle to you.