When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. Luke 4:13
Many Christians observe the season of Lent by abstaining from something, whether some kind of food, drink, or leisure activity. Fewer Christians observe the upcoming season of Advent as a time of fasting, although traditionally that was the understanding of it – you fasted before the twelve days of feasting for the Christmas season.
Whether Lent or Advent, some Christians ridicule these efforts of fasting, saying that we live in grace and shouldn’t turn to empty rituals. But many find fasting a helpful spiritual discipline to draw them closer to God, relying on him instead of looking to physical or emotional comforts.
Jesus had endured forty days on his own, without food or companionship. Having withstood Satan’s temptations, he is released from being Satan’s target – until the next time. We don’t know how long Jesus is given before the evil one brings about another attack. But we know that even Jesus was granted rest from the battle.
As we come to the end of our series on Luke 4 together, take a few moments to consider what has struck you about Jesus’ temptations. I come away inspired to memorize more Scripture, that I might immediately have to hand God’s word.
May God bless us richly, and keep us from temptation and trial.
Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray that you will spur us on to love and good works. May we don your armor, that when we do battle we may enjoy your help and employ your tools. Amen.