Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter
came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to
become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. ‘Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. ~ Matthew 4:1-11
In the midst of trials will come temptations. As you see, even Jesus face them. Jesus did what we all should learn to do, and that is rebuke Satan with God’s Word. But as you notice, even Satan knows the word of God, he even tried to use it against Jesus.
During trials, the thing that is most often tested, is the very core of our faith. It will cause you to question, it will cause you to doubt, and may cause you to drift. It is very important to remember that, even though we might have these feelings, we must continue to pray. Pray for strength during your trial and know that it is not God that is tempting you, but it is Satan. This is also important to remember… God allows us to go though this trials to help build our faith and to help build our character. Much like Jesus, he allowed His Son to be tested, because He knew exactly what He was going to face in the future. He needed to allow Him to go though that to prepare Him and strengthen Him. God does the same for us. Rest on His promises, and know that the trial you are facing has a purpose and a masterful plan. So stay strong!
One last thing from my personal experience. The above is all well and good, but let’s be realistic and honest for just a moment. Since we are not Jesus, what do we do when our faith feels like it has been tested to the limit and it seems like God is no where to be found. You can’t seem to find the words to pray or, you feel so weak and beaten down, you simply can’t. Try this. Just simply thank God for the trial you are in. Thank Him for trusting you enough to allow you to go though such a trial. Thank Him for His Son. Thank Him for all He has every done for you. Thank Him, Thank Him and Thank Him again! In all things, we are to give Him Praise. And hold to the simple promise, that He loves you! He has a plan and while it might be painful right now, you will be stronger for it. For the Bible tells us that, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It also states that, “in our weakness, we are made strong in Jesus.”
So in closing remember, When I don’t know what to say…. pray and give thanks! For you have a God who loves you and even sent His one and only Son Jesus, to die on a cross for you. And remember, be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 1:6