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Dave's Daily Devo - January 17

  • 2017 Jan 17

Vulnerable When Hungry

Luke 4:1-2


Both our old home and our new home are torn up. A friend who is a skilled carpenter figured out how to move Mary’s beautiful kitchen over to our new house, but it means ripping out both kitchens and then making the transfer. This means that Mary and I are using a microwave, a toaster oven, and eating stuff that doesn’t take a lot of preparation. We’re hardly out in the “wilderness,” but I’m finding that even this minor displacement is creating tension. And when I’m tense, I want to eat. So the last four days I wolfed down an entire package of fig newtons.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry He faced a real desert, extreme deprivation, and a direct assault by the devil. Luke introduces us to Jesus’ temptation like this:

“Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan (where He was baptized and received the Spirit 3:21-22). The Spirit led Him into the wilderness, and for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He did not eat anything during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry.” - Luke 4:1-2

Adam and Eve caved in to the serpent’s attack with their stomachs full in the middle of a gorgeous garden at the beginning of God’s redemptive Story. Now as we move closer to the climax, Jesus faces the devil in a desert with His stomach on “past empty.” How will God’s Son do in this intense conflict? Jesus’ doesn’t need comfort food to ease His tension. He shows me how to rely upon the Spirit’s power to satisfy my needs and to reject trying to keep my stomach full by my own strength.

LORD, Your Spirit is the spirit of love, joy, and peace, but help me to learn from Jesus’ temptation that sometimes He is the Spirit who guides into the tough challenge of hand to hand combat with Satan in rugged terrain. Help me to follow Jesus’s steps and trust Your sufficiency, instead of trying to use my own power to meet my physical needs. 

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