Whenever the Lord God gives us a promise, we see that the devil is more at work than we are. The circumstances will lead us to think against the promise of God. We will hear a whisper, saying, “But didn’t God promise the exact opposite of what is happening to me?” Our faith will struggle.
The good news is Jesus knows. Yes, He knows our struggles of faith.
In Luke 3:22, we see the Father declaring His love for Jesus Christ. A voice from heaven declared, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.” This is the assurance the Father gives to His Son, as Jesus was about to start His ministry.
Now look at what happened some 40 days later. Jesus fasted for 40 days and we always assume that Jesus was praying for 40 days. But the Gospel according to Luke says that He was tempted for forty days by the devil (Luke 4:2). After 40 days, Jesus Christ was exhausted and now the final temptations come. And the very first words the devil says is: “If You are the Son of God…”
When we are exhausted, the final temptations come. Questions will arise on the very Foundation on which we believed. And when our faith struggles, everyone, including our own self will accuse us for not trusting our Lord completely.
But we have a High Priest, Who was tempted in all possible ways; a High Priest, Who knows our weaknesses. Since Jesus was tempted just like us, He knows the ordeal. Of course, He never sinned. But He knows that we are made of dust. And HE is interceding for us, at this very moment, so that our faith remains strong and we hold on to His promises. Yes, the cunning one will be defeated yet again, and this time by us. May our LORD alone be glorified. Amen.