“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil”
Immediately after His Baptism the Spirit led Jesus into the desert – and Jesus followed His leading.
When Satan said to Him “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” it was not just an attack on His identity. Satan was also tempting Him to demonstrate that He was the Son of God. This same challenge would come to Jesus again during His ministry.
The first temptation was for Jesus to display His powers – and in a way that would also provide for His own human needs and desires. By implication He would then do the same for others during His ministry – attending primarily to their present hungers and wants rather than their spiritual needs and future.
Jesus response was to be foundational for the years that lay ahead. He was quite explicit that a first priority in life is hearing and responding to the directives of God – and He would live it out.
• “Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
• “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”(John 14:31)
Just as Jesus was doing in the desert we too need to set in place the foundation stones for our lives and values.
What hunger in my life gets the most attention? Does feeding it satisfy or increase the hunger?
Father please help me to feed on Your word and to find its value in my life. Amen.