• 3 During that time the devilcame and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
I think we can imagine how hungry Jesus was after 40 days of fasting, and if He wanted to satisfy His hunger He could have done it very easily by supernatural means.
BUT WHY DID JESUS NOT DO THIS? Jesus replied.
• 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,
‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
God’s Word takes precedence over one’s physical needs. Apparently at this point, Jesus had received God’s Word of command that He should not eat any food for forty days. Keeping God’s Word was more important to Him than His immediate pressing physical need for food.
And this should be our conviction as well. Have you sometimes given in to the temptation of putting your immediate physical needs above the Word of God? For example, when waking up in the morning, instead of getting up immediately to start the day with God in our Quiet time, we feel urged to go back to sleep. (Kesyo mabigat daw gravity pag umaga eh :P )
Being a student, one of the excuses that was heard in school for absences by students is…
“Ayy hindi po ako agad nagising.”
But the strange thing is that when it comes to going to school or to work during the rest of the week, WAKING UP DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM. Let us not allow our physical tiredness prevent us from spending time in the Word of God.
Let us be like Jesus:
He did not allow His hunger to prevent Him from keeping the Word of God. He understands our physical needs perfectly well because He Himself had the same physical needs here on earth, but He will not condone the meeting of physical needs at the expense of keeping God’s Word.
We need to get our priorities right, so that we will not fall when Satan tempts us by appealing to our physical needs. And our priority should be based on the Scriptural principle used by Jesus: “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
One great example is Job, how did he resisted the temptation to sin?
• 12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
-> God’s word ought to take priority in our lives.
-> Obeying it is our most basic necessity.
-> Keeping it is our most urgent requirement.
-> Meeting our physical needs is useful only for this short present life.
-> Meeting our spiritual needs with God’s Word is useful both for this present life as well as for eternity.
Let us therefore give God’s Word greater priority. Godbless :)