Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
How often are we tempted to fill our “hunger” with the “rocks” this world offers up to us. Millions, actually more like billions, of dollars are spent on advertising every year telling us what we need to make us, our lives, complete. We wander about in the wilderness of a consumer society trying to fill the hole in our hearts with things rather than the love of God. When we wonder in the wilderness, alone, and not seeking God we tend to get caught up in the things and situations we have no business being in. Whenever you find yourself in a place of the wilderness, it’s important to seek God out and see what he is trying to teach you through those trials and tribulations. Just as Jesus fasted and sought God, we must do so also!
For many of us in the United States it is a simple matter to walk into a store, or sit down at a computer, to buy what we think we need to instantly to satisfy our hunger; be it a candy bar, a soda, the newest car or technology or latest self-help plan. The list goes on.
We as a society are so focused on wanting a microwave life, rather than a life built a little at a time with purposely picked ingredients. We are looking for a quick fix to our lives; like a microwave heating up processed food, rather than homemade meal with fresh ingredients. You see, the microwave is so much easier and faster to help us heat our food. Whereas, a home cooked meal is so much tastier. Yes, it’s a longer process, stopping in each department in the grocery store or going to a farmer’s market to pick the best fresh fruit and cuts of meat. But when you think about it the food tastes so much better which makes the work and time worth it!
If we take the time to pray, read his word and care for others we will begin to see and feel that God is with us, loving us, filling us we don’t need to look to the stores and things to fill that hole. We can be whole with God.
Ministry Assistant North Eaton Christian Church
Director of Chi Rho Camp Emmaus
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