Read: Matthew 4:1-11
When Jesus was starting His ministry, things started well. In Matthew 3, He was baptised and heard the affirming words of His Father, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). But then situations changed.
What happened next – Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness – was not a mere coincidence. The Holy Spirit led Him into this battle between the powers of heaven and hell (Matt. 4:1). Thankfully, Jesus’ victory in the face of temptation provides a great example when we find ourselves in the wilderness of Satan’s seductions.
The devil caught Jesus at a time when He was tired and hungry. Satan uses the same tactic with us. When we are in our vulnerable moments, Satan lures us with the bait of seductive suggestions that offer quick relief and opportunities for self-advancement. When we face such challenges, it is important to follow Jesus’ example – use the Word of God at Satan. Jesus responded to temptation by quoting Scripture: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3). The Bible is full of verses about greed, lust, lying, and other sins. If we store them in our memory, we can use them when under attack. When the devil strikes, strike back with the Word of God. It is our best chance for success.