The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ”
Satan never plays fair. He always makes his temptations most inviting. He never fails to come at us hard when we are at our weakest point.
After Jesus had fasted for forty days, Satan showed up. He challenged the famished Jesus to use his supernatural powers. He dared Jesus to turn one of the plentiful stones into a loaf of bread. What could be more attractive to a hungry man than food? But Jesus responded by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, where Moses reminded the people that God’s provision of manna was good, but the provision of his promises was much better.
Satan never plays fair. He will invite you to shortcuts for temporary pleasure. He will come at you hard when you are at your weakest. Like a skilled fisherman, he will dangle the attractive lure before you and wait to set the hook. Resist him and he will flee. Entertain him and you will be … dining with the devil.
Father, we are no match for Satan’s power or deceit. Strengthen us with your power. Protect us by your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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