2021_01_13 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week we read about Jesus being tested. Soon after His baptism, which launched His public ministry, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 (NLT) It is clear that Satan’s intention was to derail Jesus’ work before it even began. What is surprising is that the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the challenge. Now, God will never tempt us to sin like this, (James 1:13) but there are times when He will place us in situations that test our faith to show us how He can help us overcome. Here’s a great verse to memorize:
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
Jesus was not only God, but He was fully human too. The temptations that Satan presented Him were very real, and tailor-made for Him. Each was designed for Jesus to take a short-cut to meet His desires and to use His power for His own self-interests, instead of humbly relying on His father. It is the same way we are tempted.
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)
We are presented with situations where we have to decide if we will humbly trust and obey God, or choose another route. Whenever we find ourselves thinking “I deserve…” “Everyone else is…” “I’m sure God will understand…” we are toying with giving in to temptation and straying from God.
Each time Satan came at Jesus with an enticing short-cut, Jesus immediately and clearly responded with direct teaching from the Bible. We have that same resource and should work to become proficient in using it!
Jesus fully gets you and me. When we are being tempted, let’s call out to Him and know that He will give us what we need to be strong, courageous, and faithful.