Today’s Reading: Luke 4
“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” Luke 4:8
Luke Chapter 4 begins with Jesus in the wilderness for forty days. During this time, the devil took the opportunity to attempt to test and tempt him. Jesus was alone and without food the entire time, yet he had an answer for every single thing the devil threw at him. And not just some smart quick-witted answer, but he had a Bible verse, a Word from the Lord, to combat every single temptation and test.
Have you ever gone without food and become “hangry”? Angry mostly because you’re hungry? Sometimes I feel like that after only a few hours! When you’re hangry, it’s hard to control your tongue or your reactions. Someone might do or say something to you and your reaction does not match their insult. You go over the top and call them out. Hopefully, you instantly regret this afterward and ask for forgiveness.
Jesus was filled with the Word. After all, he was and is very God of very God. He wasn't stumbling around trying to find the Scripture that would fit the temptation. He answered immediately. He was calm and collected and standing firm against the devil’s schemes.
Are you prepared for the temptations of the devil? When someone says something to you or does something to you, do you act out hastily, or calmly evaluate the situation? We must be rooted in the Word of God. It will help us in any and every situation. If Jesus did it, so should we!
Spend some time in prayer asking for God’s help in hiding his Word in your heart.