By Pastor Ruth Denboer
“The Scriptures say” … This is the response we read from Jesus when He was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. There are a few things that hit me from this story.
1. It all happened in the wilderness. There are definitely times in our lives when we feel like we are living in the wilderness. Life just seems barren, maybe we feel very alone, and maybe we feel things are quite parched. Satan loves to tempt us when we are alone, when we are vulnerable. But we must not forget the truth. We are never alone.
Deuteronomy 31: 6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
2. Satan still comes with the same temptations. He still tries to convince us that we should try this, or try that, to help satisfy our needs. He’s still at work trying to convince us to distrust God’s provisions for our lives. He loves to make us shift our confidence from God as our provider, to somehow believe that we must be our own provider.
We are constantly being tempted to believe the proclamation of fears all around us telling us that we will not have enough. Scriptures say that God will supply all of our needs!
Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
3. All Jesus had to use against Satan to quiet Him was Scripture!
Jesus simply replied with, “It is written”, or as in the NLT translation I was reading, “the Scriptures say”. This was enough to silence the lies and tempting mockery of the enemy.
4. We don’t have to prove anything to Satan. Jesus didn’t waste a miracle in the presence of Satan, but used miracles as a witness to His disciples and those who He came to save. Miracles are signs to the unbelieving hearts, proving the existence of a God who loves us and cares for us.
Jesus could have done all the things Satan was tempting Him with in the wilderness that day, but instead, this becomes such a fantastic example for you and me. From this encounter we can see the power of standing by the truth, and not wavering. We are able to resist Satan with Scripture, and have the same result as Jesus had that day. Satan left him alone.