Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written,” He will give His angels orders concerning You and they will support You with their hands so that You will not strike your foot against a stone.” Matthew 4:5-6 HCSB
Have you ever doubted God? Have you waited years for something you have been praying for and wondered if there really is a God, why doesn’t He answer? Have you seen evil and pain in the world and wondered, if God exists, then why does He allow so much suffering? Those thoughts and feelings are only natural, but they come from the evil one – Satan.
He is the master of deception. In the garden he tempted Eve by causing her to doubt God’s Word and His goodness. In these Scriptures he is trying to get Jesus to doubt God and His mission on earth by again asking, “If You are the Son of God.” Jesus knew He was the Son of God and He knew His mission on earth. He did not have to throw Himself down to prove it. Satan also twisted the Scriptures to try to get Jesus to do something that was not in God ‘s perfect plan.
Challenge: Be aware of Satan’s deceptions. He will try to get you to doubt God and His goodness. Trust God and seek to constantly follow His plan for your life, even when it is hard. Ask God to help you resist the Devil and keep your eyes focused on Him.