Matthew 4: 1-11 v 11 “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”
Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness. For forty days and forty nights He fasted. During that time the devil came.
The devil said” If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Jesus said” People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil said” If you are the Son of God then jump!”
Jesus said, “The scriptures say also you must not test the Lord your God.”
Then the devil said “I will give you all if you will kneel down and worship me”
Jesus said” Get out of here Satan” for “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”
What a powerful example of how to have difficult conversations with those around you. How the journey with God has it challenges. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Have you ever found yourself in a challenging environment although you are sure that God wants you there ? Jesus fasted. He didn’t feed on the negative energy around Him, He turned inward. He was challenged by the devil. He stood strong to His beliefs. He used the words of God to help Him make a point. He didn’t follow the commands of the devil which would have harmed Him. He then clearly told the devil “To get out of here”. Anyone with children as terrible twos or teenagers knows that we must show what we believe by using firm statements. “No that will hurt you” No that is a bad choice” be clear in our directions. And finally, can we sum up our lives to have one main purpose? “There is only one God worthy of Worship.” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.” Follow these guidelines and the angels will come and take care of you.
Prayer: Holy God who shows us through the actions of your Son Jesus Christ how to be in difficult situations guide us always into the light of His love. Amen.