The Fight of Fasting ~ Pastor Matt

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2

Jesus had come right out of the Jordan River. He had been baptized by John and the Father had announced that He is the beloved Son in whom He was most pleased. You would expect the next part of the story to read like this:

“Now Jesus began preaching, teaching, and calling his disciples.”

But that didn’t happen. Instead, being filled with the Holy Spirit, He was led by the Holy Spirit into a trial that tested His resolve. He endured forty days of hunger and temptation by the Devil, himself.

Jesus was always fulfilling scripture. This passage is no different. Isaiah 53:3 teaches one of the characteristics of our Savior: “acquainted with grief” or “man of sorrows,” depending on your translation. When we find ourselves in our own wilderness, as Jesus did in this passage in Luke, we can be encouraged in that He knows what it feels like to be tempted in every way. And we can take strength from Him because through all his temptations, he never sinned.

If you had forty days like this who would you begin blaming? The enemy? Other people? Yourself?  We are so quick to look at our struggles as something we just have to get through.  We say, “If I can just get to the other side then I will be doing what God wants me to do.” What if God wants the struggle for another reason? Maybe it’s for you to draw near to Him or for others to see how you handle pain. No matter what, do you trust Him? Is He worthy of your worship in the good times and the bad?

Take time today to praise our Lord Jesus for His faithfulness to come, to live, and walk in his wilderness, so that we can walk through ours.

3 Comments


Scott - January 6th, 2020 at 12:08pm

Good word, thanks Matt!

Lynette - January 6th, 2020 at 12:13pm

I have been living in the "IF" world .... if the foster kids parents would... if my husbands foot would heal..... God is growing me inspite of my if world

Katie Steelman - January 6th, 2020 at 3:01pm

Thank you very much for this timely word, Bro. Matt!