Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.” (Matthew 4:1-3 MSG)
I read this and I asked myself an important question: how do I prepare for a test? Do I put in some extra effort, revise, practice, work harder to remember what’s important, or just hope for the best?
In life I have had and will have tests. How I prepare may well be a determining factor in how I handle that testing time and what I am like when I come out the other side.
Jesus prepared for a test with a test. He prepared for a test with the devil by fasting 40 days and 40 nights, which sounds like a pretty big test in itself.
On my walk with God I must learn the need for that removal of distractions and times of focus. Some tests I come across will only be travelled well when I make the right preparations.
I guess Jesus knew He would need a clear heart, soul and mind for what was about to come. In going through the 40 days of testing He was reminded about what really matters, despite what another was trying to tell Him. The same must therefore be true for me.
I need the word of God more than food to live.
I shouldn’t put God to the test.
I must worship God with a single-hearted attitude.
Maybe knowing these simple and powerful truths are enough to help me through any kind of test. I just need to spend time with God in prayer and fasting so they can be imprinted into my heart, into my soul and into my mind.
Maybe then tests won’t overcome me as easily and I will have the strength to stand my ground, like Jesus did.
What do you think about this?