More Than Words | Luke 4:3-4 | Devotional
The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'"
Prayer is a personal conversation with my Father. It is not filled with clever Christian clichés or worn out prayer phrases. It is fresh, real, and raw—like any meaningful conversation in our life. Using the Lord’s Prayer to learn about praying, we have seen the principles of revering the Person of God not only in quiet prayer time, but in the car on a backed-up road when we are in a hurry, and in the interaction with our children at the end of the day when fatigue has set in. We have also considered our need to submit to the Father’s will. This week we will focus on dependence.
After fasting for forty days, Jesus was confronted by Satan. The first temptation presented to our famished Lord was to turn stones into food. Food was something Jesus wanted and needed. Turning stones into bread was something he could have done. The offer was inviting to Jesus. But, as hungry as he was and as tempting as the offer was, Jesus refrained. His reasoning is very instructive: “Man does not live by bread alone” (and Matthew adds) “but on every word that come from the mouth of God.”
The response of Jesus moves us beyond the element that could have satisfied the stomach for a short time to the Person who can satisfy the soul for eternity. Jesus was dependent, not on the material thing, but on the One who provided the material thing. What a lesson that is for us! We are tempted to trust in the thing supplied. Jesus reminds us to always trust in the One who supplies.
Father, we are easily satisfied by things. We sometimes believe that a thing, or a situation, or a fulfilled dream will bring satisfaction to our heart. Remind us that no material thing or person can meet our crying need. Only you can. Remind us of that often. In Jesus name. Amen.