We all find ourselves weak at times in our life; whether that weakness is a physical burden, financial struggle, or the pressure of making the right decision. And it’s always during those times of weaknesses that we find our most difficult temptations. We are almost guaranteed to hit every stop light in town when we are late for an important meeting. Then we are tempted to speed and drive rudely. When our paycheck is short due to illness and the electric bill is due, we are tempted to cut our tithe so we can pay it. Temptation is guaranteed to show its ugly face right in the middle of our weakness. The good news is that we can find comfort in the fact that Jesus experienced weakness and He was tempted too.
And Jesus said…
“It is written, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4. Jesus had been fasting 40 days and 40 nights and He was hungry. In that weakness, Satan tried to get Him to turn stones into bread in order to take care of Himself. Whatever weakness we are facing, we often find ourselves tempted to take care of it ourselves. We look for the answer in what we can do. Our prayers are often a plea for God to show us what we can do. We say things like, “I can do nothing without Christ”, but we forget how much He can do when we just trust Him. It is very tempting to try to make thing happen, set things in motion, or do what makes sense. It’s easy to fall into temptation, but Jesus gives us the key to overcoming; “It is written…” His word is the answer; breathed from the mouth of God and hidden in our heart to be used when temptations come.