Matthew 4:1-4 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.’”
His stomach growls and the Accuser whispers…”If”
God can weave nothingness into worlds. God can split waters into sky and ocean. God can pull mountains up from the deep. God can turn stones into children of Abraham. So if…
“If you’re the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
And Jesus answers, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
God the Father uses Satan to test the character of God the Son and reveals contentment at His center.
As the psalmist wrote, Jesus lived…
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25)
The contented are not so easily tempted. They know there is no satisfaction for them in the sensual, temporal, immediate, fleeting, physical desires offered down here. Marketers and malls, politicians and prosperity preachers will all make their pitch but…
Those who feast on the Word of God we will not go hungry. Or go alone.
God, we are hungry. Increase our appetite for all You offer for our contentment. Satisfy our cravings for the immediate with the Eternal. Amen.