The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
Jesus was in a tough spot, weakened by His fasting when Satan came to Him. The temptation to turn stones into bread was real and understandable. Who would have blamed Him for using His power to stave off hunger? But Jesus knew better than to listen to Satan and staves off the evil one instead with the Word of God.
This is how it often happens to us as well. We’re in a tough spot, we have a way out but it might be just a little wrong. Who would convict us for doing what we needed to resolve the situation? With God there is no “just a little wrong”, wrong is wrong. God wants us to lean on Him and give our difficult situations up, for we know, as Jesus demonstrates, our strength is not sufficient to defeat evil – we need the Lord!
Heavenly Father, we find ourselves lost and hurt, and we do what is quick and easy to change our circumstances. Forgive our weakness. Help us to rely on Your Word and Your strength when we are tempted. Amen.