Matthew 4:2-3 — 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” (NIV).
To say Jesus was in a vulnerable state in the above passage would be an understatement. He had just finished a 40-day fast, and if you’ve ever fasted food and drink for any length of time, you know how difficult of a sacrifice this was. (Going one day without food and drink is hard enough!)
As a teenager, I once ate and drank only bread and water for ten days. At the end of those ten days, I was in great need of nourishment. I am a thin person to begin with, so I almost looked sickly after the fast. Don’t get me wrong. God sustained my health, but I still lost quite a bit of weight. And when it was over, I was hungry. I can’t even begin to imagine how hungry Jesus must have been after forty days!
When the devil approached Jesus in Matthew 4, He was in great need. Satan knew Jesus had been fasting, so he offered Him some reasonable advice: “If you’re really the Son of God, turn these rocks into bread.” Jesus needed food, and the devil offered Him a way to get some.
Satan recognizes the needs people have just like God does, and he is more than willing to “meet” those needs if we allow him to. He is a deceiver and manipulator. His solutions sound legitimate, and they may even meet our needs temporarily, but his methods have no lasting benefit. They will only leave you with greater need in the end.
Perhaps you find yourself in need today. God desires to meet your need, but so does the devil. It’s important for you to have discernment because Satan’s counterfeits can closely resemble God’s authenticity. Stay close to God and listen for His voice. He is more than able to meet every one of your needs!
2 Corinthians 11:14 — And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (NIV).
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