Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Luke 3:1-3
Jesus was tempted for forty days! I always thought that He only had to endure the three temptations mentioned in this passage. However, today the Holy Spirit brought to my attention that He was actually tempted for forty days and these three temptations mentioned was only the culmination of all He had to endure.
He was alone, hungry and tired. This was forty days of severe mental, emotional, physical and spiritual testing. Yet He did not relent of give up. He endured all that he needed to until the devil had to admit defeat and leave him for a season.
To me this speaks to endurance, and perseverance in temptation. Satan will always hammer on the same spot, until we are left drained and ready to give up. But here we see our Saviour as the perfect example of perseverance under temptation.
This perseverance is only possible for those who are “full of the Holy Spirit”(4:1). Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to be full of the Spirit before He could brave such severe testing. Apart from the Spirit we will fall.
Sometimes we just need to resist the devil a little longer, and he will flee from us.
Lord, We know that you are faithful and that you will strengthen and protect us from the evil one. Please direct our hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. Amen (2 Thessalonians 3:3 & 5)
- What situations in your live is currently requiring perseverance?
- What is God challenging you to do?