Survival Skills

No one should be surprised when they encounter temptation in the wilderness. It was there for Jesus and it is there for us. Learning how to handle it is a basic survival skill. And there’s no better person to look to for a model than our Savior.

It’s not without reason that Satan waited 40 days before getting down to business. He knew Jesus would be physically weak and in critical need of sustenance. Every stone would remind him of the small loaves of bread common to that time. If the Father had declared Jesus to be His Son when Christ was baptized by John, what could possibly be wrong with the Son declaring the same thing by miraculously providing for His own needs?

That was the strategy.

The deviousness of it was that despite his rhetoric (If you are the Son of God), Satan knew well who Jesus was and sought to attack that very identity. He wanted to diminish and destroy what it meant to be the Son of God. Perhaps this was the first time he had attempted this, but it would not be the last. And compromising Christ’s total dependency upon His Father was the thread that would unravel the entire fabric.

That’s also his agenda for us. While it’s true he’s ultimately after our enslavement and destruction, it all begins with diluting the dependence we have upon our Father. Once that is accomplished, he has successfully corroded our identity and minimized what it means to be sons and daughters of God. We have started down the road of settling for something less than what God intends for us to be.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

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