“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:1-4)
A wilderness is a barren place where one feels alone. It seems there is nothing around to sustain or help you. Can you relate to that?
Jesus knew what it was to be in the wilderness. Note, He was led to this uninhabited land. We may not always like where the Lord is leading us. He had fasted 40 days. Surely, He was hungry, as well as weak. ‘Seems the enemy likes to kick you while you’re down and out.
When Satan went to Him and said, “Make these stones bread,”Jesus didn’t use his creative power. Jesus equates bread (the main staple of the time) to the Word of God. He spoke and said, ”It is written.”
I’m so glad he used something that we have readily available to us. When we read the story of creation, we see ten times in Genesis 1: “…and God said.”
“…but [whosoever] shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Matthew 11:23)
In our wilderness, what are we going to say? Words of faith, promise, and favor?
It wasn’t until he came out of the wilderness that He performed his first earthly miracle. What is the word?