Re:Verse passage – Matthew 4:1-11 (day three)
“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
Living in this world means wrestling with your capacity to do as you will. If you act as you please, what of others? If you act for the good of others, what of you? You don’t need the devil for that back-and-forth. What the devil does bring to the struggle, though, is support. You could use an ally. The devil’s called an adversary, but that role often manifests against the human race writ large. For you, though—well, for you the devil will be the one that agrees with you, the one that gets you, the one that tells you it’s time you get heard. Why do you even need God, then? That’s the very question scripture empowered our Lord to counter. May it so empower us.