by Randy Chambers, 2014-11-25
Matthew 4:4, NIV: Jesus answered, It is written:
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of
When tempted with the quick solution, where do we turn? We know that the solution that is
the easiest is not always the best. Jesus, though faced with great hunger, could have
easily turned the rocks in the desert into bread. He chose however to look to the Word of
God for his solution. He determined that taking the easy way was in effect going to put
God to a test. The devil tried to get Jesus to use God's power in a selfish manner to do
something outside of the will of God, this so he (Jesus) could get what he needed quickly.
Had Jesus not seen through the deceit, he might have succumbed to temptation and in so
doing would have destroyed his ability to become the unblemished sacrificial Lamb who
would take away the sins of the world. Choosing the Word of God over our own understanding
may not always seem to satisfy us in the present, but the fruits we reap will more than
satisfy us in the long run--and there after.