Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
John Milton’s classic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ tells the story of the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve. The sequel, ‘Paradise Regained’, featured Christ and His temptation by Satan in the wilderness. Milton’s view is that because Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan’s temptation, humanity lost the first Paradise but that Jesus’ victory over the devil’s temptation in the wilderness ushers in the restoration of what has been lost. That Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted of the devil (v.1) is an indication that temptation is inevitable for us. Satan tempted Jesus in three areas of human need: food, personal glory and power. But Jesus would not give in to the devil because He knows His authority is greater than that of the devil.
Each day, we are faced with the reality of our numerous needs (physiological, emotional) and we have to decide how we want to meet these needs: whether by godly means or by ungodly scheming. But like Jesus did, we must always stand, knowing that compromising God’s word means succumbing to the devil. God’s Word gives us a true picture of who we are; when we know this, we are equipped to fight temptation and come out victorious, just like Jesus.
• Birthday Blessing: “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds-” Isa 3:10.
RBT Passage: 1 Samuel 22-24
“The nearer to heaven in hopes, the farther from earth in desires.” – William Gurnall