Temptation is something that all of humanity is familiar with. Temptation comes in a variety of unique ways to all. For those who love retail shopping, the temptation is to spend too much money. However, is there an underlying reason? I’d say yes - perhaps we’re trying to fill a void, or seeking our significance in this method.
In Luke 4 we see Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness. In this encounter that we learn about who Jesus really is, we learn about Satan and his tactics, and we learn about ourselves as we are faced with temptations.
Luke’s Gospel reveals to us that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, the Son of God that people have been waiting for. In this chapter, we see that Satan tempts Jesus in 3 ways. His goal appears to be to make Jesus disobey and discredit him as the Son of God. However, Jesus responds with scripture as he defuses Satan’s attacks. Each temptation reveals something deeper about Jesus and Satan.
This chapter reveals that Jesus is truly the Son of God, as he faithfully obeys his Father. It’s revealed that Satan will even use God’s Word to tempt us. However, we’re to rely on Jesus, and use God’s Word to combat Satan.
Whenever we face temptations, it’s important we’re mindful of what’s happening for us in that moment. Sometimes temptations can appear to be innocent things, however there are underlying reasons. So, when faced with Temptations, what is Satan trying to achieve with us? Consult scripture, spend time with other Christians, see temptations as an opportunity to Worship God, and not ourselves.
‘Every temptation is an opportunity to do good’ Rick Warren.
Luke 4:8 ‘Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’