This is a passage most of us have heard many times. It describes our savior, Jesus, being tempted by Satan. We often refer to this passage on how to overcome temptation. We see how Satan tried to twist the Word of God just as he did in the Garden. He was not successful, because Jesus combated this temptation with the true Word of God that was written on His heart.
This is an amazing truth and a wonderful promise. But this passage also serves as a reminder that none of us are out of the reach of temptation. It is very easy for us to believe that we are okay… That we do not have to worry or that things around us are good. We look at our world at times and say that we have a good job, and we are in good health, and we are happy so we think that nothing will mess that up. Or we end up on the other end. Everything is falling apart, maybe the job is gone, or a tragedy has occurred. Maybe you got bad news from the doctor, and you just cannot see being happy, so you just don’t care about anything but getting by.
Regardless of the circumstance we as people become complacent in those moments. When we are at our best we stop seeking God and we stop relying on Him. Suddenly we find ourselves in a scenario that looks great but the reality is that we have fallen into sin. Satan has lured us away from the Father. If we are at our lowest point we might lose hope and start trying to fix things on our own. The result is the same. We will find ourselves moving away from God.
I do not know where you are at today. But temptation is not always as straight forward as we might think. Sometimes it is subtle and slow. The person of Jesus was not exempt from the temptations of Satan. This should make us want to stay on Guard! If you find yourself in a situation where you have gotten far from God, please retreat back to His word. Not in a way to say that you have checked a box off. Be reliant on Him and His truths. Be like Jesus and Satan will depart from you. If you are in a good place, having God there can make that place better and more joy filled, and you will find yourself not just getting ahead in life. You will start accomplishing the Fathers will. If you are at your lowest, God wants to walk through it with you and comfort you and give you Hope.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate