He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:2b-4)
After my divorce, I felt unloved. The devil knows when we need something, and he is quick to offer his “help” to go down the wrong path. He taunts us with the words, “If you.” In my case: “If you need love….” As you can imagine, there are many ways Satan would finish that sentence. However, the correct way is, “seek God.”
You can imagine how excited the devil was when he knew Jesus needed food. He would offer temptation on an Olympic level, and as you will see, the devil doesn’t give up easily. He begins taunting: “If you are the Son of God.” In other words, prove it to me. “Tell this stone to become bread.” The devil knew there was no McDonald’s in the middle of the desert, so his request almost sounds like a reasonable – but if Jesus followed the devil’s orders, his ministry would’ve been ruined.
The devil knows the scripture from Deuteronomy 8:3 which Jesus doesn’t bother to finish as He brushes him off. “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Jesus tells us we should only listen to God’s word. He will provide the necessities including love.