Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
When we find ourselves in a place of despair with many problems, we sometimes forget that there is a loving God who is waiting for us to call on Him for help and to put our trust in Him regardless how big our problems might seem.
Faith requires action as the word trust reflects. Many people say that they believe in the Lord, but without trust, there is no true faith. God will respond only to real faith.
Tribulation is actually a good thing for believers in Jesus Christ because, without it, we can’t grow our faith and trust in the Lord. Tribulation forces your faith to go into action.
Jesus knows all things and is working out everything for our good [Romans 8:28] and for His glory, so stop trying to understand it and let us exercise the faith He has given us. The Word of God is like a lamp that lights up our path and shows us the direction to take in any given situation and it also builds up our faith in Him.
When we trust in the Lord it doesn’t matter what type of danger lurks near you. Even though everything around you is falling apart, trusting God keeps you together with an inner peace that’s beyond understanding. To build your trust in the Lord is to seek Him through prayer and His Word every single day.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 But He answered, “It is written:
Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Satan’s attack on Jesus came at His weakest [physically] point. That is how evil spirits come to attack believers when they are at their lowest.
The question then becomes, “why did Satan want Jesus to turn the stones into bread?”
What is the significance?
The desires of the flesh can be very tough to hold back. A good comparison would be to that of a dam. The water represents the desires of the flesh and the concrete wall represents our faith. The closer we are to Jesus the thicker the wall becomes, holding back the flesh from sinning against the Lord, but if we stop seeking the Lord, the wall becomes thin and starts to fracture. If the wall breaks, the water will devastate everything in site just like sin does.
Satan will always tempt our flesh.
To go into a little deeper we must go back in time when Satan used the same temptation with the Israelites in the wilderness.
Exodus 16:1-4, 9
The entire Israelite community departed from Elim and came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt. 2 The entire Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat and ate all the bread we wanted. Instead, you brought us into this wilderness to make this whole assembly die of hunger!”
9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints.’”
The Israelite community did not trust in the Lord’s provision for them so they wanted to go back and be slaves all over again just to satisfy the flesh.
Let’s go back to Jesus’ temptation. When Satan tried to make Him turn the stones into bread to prove that He was the Son of God, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3. Let’s take a look and we will see the parallel between the Israelites journey in the wilderness and Jesus’s.
“You must carefully follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase, and may enter and take possession of the land the Lord swore to your fathers. 2 Remember that the Lord your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. 3 He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights [Matthew 4:2]
The Jewish people were in the wilderness for 40 years [Deut. 8:2]
The devil attacked Jesus after His 40 days fast when the body was famished.
The Israelites were attacked after they ran out of food and were famished.
Satan tried to get Jesus to abandon God by trying to convince Him to seek provision apart from God and not trust or wait on the LORD to provide food at the proper time.
Satan convinced the Israelites that in Egypt they had all they wanted to eat so that their flesh can be satisfied. The devil persuaded them to abandon God to satisfy their hunger.
Jesus showed us that God is more important than anything else, that we must love the Lord our God with all our soul, mind, and strength [our being]
Trust requires us to let go of our own dependency [what we think we can do] and put it upon Christ who is never too early or too late but always on time [having the best for us].
After Jesus’ unwavering submission to the Father prevailed against Satan, the Father sent His angels to take care of the Son.
It doesn’t matter how hard it might seem in what you are going through with no way out, Jesus will provide a way out.
Look how the Father provided for His Son. He was in a desolate place, with no marketplace to sell Him food, God did the impossible, He sent Him food through His angels.
God will do the same for you or do you have little faith? Believe, He is the provider and sustainer of our lives and soul.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
The Hebrew word for burden is yehab (ye-hawb’) meaning a lot, the care, what is given (by Providence).
The Lord has given or assigned believers to certain trials and testings which when you are in the midst of them, give it back to the Lord in prayer who will uphold you through it (1 Peter 5:7“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”) This burden is given to all believers for our good to make us grow in the faith and to learn to rely solely on the Lord who will deliver us from our trials. Every believer has a condition in life (care, burden) for the purpose of drawing us nearer to Christ and to show us His faithfulness so whatever you are going through, give thanks to the Lord in advance knowing that He will deliver you and build up your faith so that you can help someone else whom He will send your way to encourage him/her with your testimony of God’s love and rescue. The strength that you need to find to endure is found only in Jesus Christ who will sustain you by holding you up with His righteous right hand and not let you fall (apostatize).
If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your faithful love will support me, LORD.
Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the LORD holds his hand.
Please read these verses below in its entirety to grasp how much Jesus loves you and the promise He made to those who seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Whatever you are going through, know that Jesus has promised to take care of you.
26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.