Not by bread alone

Date: Thursday, September 12

ScriptureLuke 4:1-13

Verse: Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” (Luke 4:4)

After spending forty days in the wilderness fasting, Jesus is approached by the devil who encourages him to turn stones into bread. In some sense, that sounds like a good idea. Jesus is hungry, and he has the power to relieve his hunger. Why not?  

Even good things, like bread, can become dangerous when they become an obsession. We know about workaholics, people so committed to their work, a good thing, they willingly sacrifice time with friends and family for it. There are others addicted to exercise, another good thing, who set aside downtime with their spouse to meet their need. Jesus is not tempted to do something “bad.” Rather he is tempted to allow something good, his desire to eat, become more important than following the will of God.

Jesus’ quote from Deuteronomy 8:3 is about the manna the Israelites received when wandering in the wilderness (see Monday’s devotion for more). This temptation is about Jesus’ trust of God. He is being tempted to take his life into his own hands rather than leaving it in God’s. We are tempted in the same way every day, not only with “bad” stuff but also with good. 

When we pray with Jesus, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are reminded to keep our focus upon God. 

Prayer: Remind me, Jesus, to trust you for my daily bread. Amen. 

Action: Reflect on areas of your life where you are too dependent upon your own ability. 

Respond: Have you ever had an unhealthy obsession with something that is not bad? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. 
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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