Day 2 – One Year Bible Reading

Matthew 4:1,2

“Then Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights He fasted and became very hungry.”

The temptation in the wilderness is a fascinating story in the life of Jesus. He had just been baptized by John in the Jordan River. When Jesus came up out of the water, the voice of God spoke saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 3:17) So the last words Jesus hears from His Father before the temptation is in great contrast to the first words He hears from Satan in the temptation. Satan says to Him, “If you are the Son of God…” The first thing Satan does is challenge the word of God. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden. Satan immediately challenged the instructions God had given to Adam and Eve by saying, “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) Satan will challenge what God has spoken to you. You must refute His lies and cling to the truth of God’s word.

The temptation of Jesus comes while He is in the midst of a very long fast. Hunger has set in and He is physically weak. During this season of fasting in your life you will become hungry also. You may very well get tempted as your flesh is struggling with being denied. However, this can also be the greatest season of victory in your life. God allows Satan to confront us, not to defeat us, but to cause us to be victorious over him. This may very well be a defining moment in your life. Stay strong, stay focused, and you will come out a winner in the end.