01-06-08

Jesus is at the beginning of His ministry.  He has been baptized by John, heard God’s approval, and was led into the wilderness to be tempted.  All of life is about dealing with temptation, but when you are stepping out to be used by God, you better learn to face the reality of Satan’s whispers.  In the first temptation Jesus has been fasting for forty days … when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Mat 4:3)

Initially, we may think that the temptation was about bread, but it goes deeper than that.  It’s about what you call “living”.  What does it take to keep you “alive”?  Some of us may conclude we simply need food and water.  But life tends to be a bit more complicated than that.  Food and water may start out our list of necessities, but it rarely ends there.  I prefer to add just a few other items like a place to live, a job, and now that I’m thinking about it, let’s make that a comfortable place to live and a nice job.  Of course the real list in my head is pretty long and complicated.  The real issue is about all that other “stuff” that I find so necessary to live, to be happy. 

Jesus’ response to Satan needs to be my goal in life.  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'” (Mat 4:4). A healthy “life” is one that has learned to depend on God and His Word.  Do I find “life” in the things that come from God’s mouth concerning me?  Am I content with the things God has decreed for me?  May we find real “life” today.