After his baptism, we read that Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert for a time of fasting and praying. It is at the end of the 40 days, when he is weak with hunger, that he is tempted by the devil. He may be physically weak by this time, but his spirit is strong. He is tempted by the physical pleasure and self-reliance by filling his belly with bread. He is tempted with power at the expense of his morals. He is tempted with prestige as he is asked to test just how important he is to God. At every turn, Jesus uses scripture to resist the temptation.
In what ways does your faith inform the way you respond to temptation? Think of a particular temptation in your life. Are there any scriptures that might help you to resist? How might Jesus’ responses help you in your moments of weakness?
Set aside time for silence today and take stock of what activities, thoughts, and attitudes get between you and the person God wants you to be.