“…afterward, He was hungry.” – Matthew 4:2
After forty days and nights in the wilderness without eating, Jesus was hungry. He was at His weakest point physically, and it is precisely the moment Satan entered into the scene. Although Jesus is God incarnate, He would face Satan and the temptations as fully human. We know this because Jesus states, “Man cannot live on bread alone.”
Jesus may have been weak and in need physically, but spiritually He was in-tune with the Spirit of God. Every time He was tempted, Jesus replied with, “It is written.” His experience with temptation in the human frame qualified Jesus to be our sympathetic High Priest and acquainted with our grief. Jesus knows us and understands us.
Weakness in us is not only when we are sensing loneliness and need, but it also reveals itself when we seem to be on top of the world. There is a beautiful prayer in the Proverbs. It is a prayer to remain centered because weakness can be revealed in good times and in bad and it reads, “…give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9) When King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the Bible tells us it was a time when kings should be at war. Yet David was at home taking a break. And while at home walking on the top of his house where he should not have been, sin entered into his heart. King David was on top of the world but he never said, “it is written.”
The Bible says, “…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:13). It also says that His power is perfected in our weakness and it is so because we are brought to a place where we must rely solely upon the Lord’s strength.
There is power in the Word of God. When we remember it, stand on its promises and apply it to our lives, the devil will leave and flee from us, just as he did with Jesus. But, he will come back at a more convenient time and so we must always be on guard. In our times of weakness and our times of strength, we must always be ready to say, “It is written.”
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Cor. 10:13