Have you been tempted? Have you been sorely tempted when you were at a weak point in your life? Was it after you had gone through a horrendous accident? Was it after you had a relationship fall apart? Was it while you were recovering from an extensive surgery?
It often seems as though the most severe temptations come while we are at our weakest. Of course, that is when we most need to rely on God. Through our weakness God is shown to be strong. He will work through us when we cannot work on our own.
Jesus, as a human, was at his weakest point after fasting for forty days and nights. Matthew understates it when he says Jesus was famished. In all likelihood, Jesus was near death after having not eaten for forty days. However, that was not His destiny nor was this the end of His mission. In fact, it was the beginning of His mission.
Satan comes swooping in to attempt to take advantage of Jesus in His decimated physical state. He hoped to trick Jesus into giving up on His mission. Satan made big promises for which Jesus had an answer, a quote from Scripture.
In the end, because Jesus stood strong in God, Satan left Him. Satan realized he was getting nowhere and his temptations would not work. We, too, can stand strong in God, and Satan will leave us, too. God will always stand with his servants. He will always give them strength to withstand Satan’s temptations. We simply need to remember that and rely upon God.
I pray we all stand strong in God. I pray we ask God for the strength we need to withstand Satan’s temptations. I pray each one of us will hold fast to our faith, using Jesus as our role model. Resist the devil. Stand in your faith. Trust God to strengthen you. Lean on God when you are at your weakest.
Matthew 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.