This week I have been meditating on Matthew 4:1-11. These are the verses that talk about Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)
If we continue reading, we realize that Jesus is in serious need. He is extremely hungry and exhausted, having gone forty days without food, and of course that’s when the enemy arrives. That part of these verses always seems unfair to me. How sneaky of the devil to wait to arrive until Jesus is completely exhausted. But, let’s face it, we know that the enemy never plays fair, ever.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights He was hungry. And the tempter came to Him and said… (Matthew 4:2-3)
It’s then, however, that Jesus shows us how to win over the temptation and not fall for the devil’s schemes. Hungry and thirsty, He speaks God’s written word. He knows it. He trusts it. He has it memorized. It is hidden in His heart.
But He answered, “It is written… (verse 4) Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written…” (verse 7). Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone Satan! For it is written…” (verse 10)
With each temptation that the devil brought His way, Jesus knew exactly what to say and quoted out loud the Word of God. He knew the power of God’s word gives victory over satan.
Then the devil left Him… (Matthew 4:11)
You see, it is God and His Word that has complete power over the enemy. Jesus proved it by speaking God’s written Word each time a temptation came.
These verses are about Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted. They are also about Jesus showing us that victory over temptation comes with God and the power of God’s spoken Word.
I am thankful for the example Jesus gave us to follow. How about you?