Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
The old adage, “There are only two things that are certain in life, death and taxes,” is incomplete. Temptations are a certainty and will never depart from one’s life. The Bible gives us this sobering and chilling reminder that Satan was always lurking around Jesus Christ during His time on earth. In addition to this initial temptation of Jesus, the Bible does record several other instances when He was attacked or tempted by Satan; undoubtedly there were many more.
This passage also reminds us of the inevitability of temptations. We live in a world that is ruled by Satan. He exists to steer us off the path to God and righteousness and careen off to destruction and misery. While we may resist some temptations, Satan is always lurking with even more subtle and insidious schemes to make us fall. In the words of the great theologian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back!”
What hope do we have when faced by such a fearsome adversary? Thanks be to God who is faithful to provide us the strength to resist any temptation and provide us the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). God’s strength is infinitely more powerful than Satan’s. All we need to do is trust God. And we do this by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.
Yes, Satan will be back placing temptations before us, when we least expect them. But God has your back and will provide you with His armor to protect you and reject Satan’s attacks.
Blessed be our Living God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.