Ready for the Test

Luke 4:1-8(NIV)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Going through tests and challenges is not easy.  As much as we try to prepare for it, you won’t know until you actually do the test.  I recall being in school and going through notes and trying to prepare for the test.  The teacher will give you an idea of what to study for, but will not give you the exact questions that will be asked. You have to study a wide range of topics in order to prepare yourself for the test.

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit and was ready for his test.  The Holy Spirit enabled him to be able to answer Satan correctly and to make the right decisions.  This teaches us that if we are to be ready for the tests in our daily life, it is best to rely on God and the Holy Spirit.  God will allow us to be tested just as he allowed Jesus to be tested.  If we were starving in the desert, we could also be tempted to choose food over God’s word.  The test of Jesus gives us assurance that we are not alone as we see that the angels came to attend to Jesus afterwards.

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