Matthew 4:1-11

I am a sucker for fast food breakfast. Or restaurant breakfast. Or homemade breakfast. Really just all breakfasts. Anything with gravy, honestly. On the occasional Sunday (more frequently than I would care to admit) I have been pulled into the fast food drive-through by the temptation of a delicious breakfast sandwich. Add a hash brown and iced coffee into the mix, and I dare anyone to try to keep me away.

In Matthew 4, we see Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasts for forty days and forty nights, and the devil makes his appearance to test Jesus in three different scenarios, the first being a suggestion that Jesus could easily turn stones into bread to eat.

“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:3-4, ESV

Jesus is able to reject the temptation of food after a forty-day fast, instead staying focused on God’s Word and on His greater purpose. The rest of this passage goes on to describe two more ways the devil tempts Jesus, both met with similar responses.

What is your temptation? Is it pulling you away from God? He might not ask us to go forty days in the wilderness without food or even to resist the call of a tasty breakfast, but we should seek to reject anything that pulls our focus away. When we are tempted by sin, we can stay strong by staying focused on God, His word, and His greater purpose.

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