Read: Matthew 4:1-11
During the election time in our country, there is the corrupt practice of buying votes for cash. Candidates may offer cash directly, they may give some benefits in return, they may give small appliances freely, etc. They may promise many things during the time they canvass for votes. But in almost all cases, after the elections, things return to normal. Promises are seldom kept. The life of the ordinary man continues to be the struggle as before.
In countries around the world, political corruption is prevalent. Spiritual corruption is also prevalent in a widespread manner. Satan tempted Jesus and tried to lure Him into parting with His convictions (Matt. 4:1-11). The devil came to Jesus when He was hungry and tired, in a weak moment. Satan offered Jesus immediate satisfaction, fresh bread in seconds, a miraculous delivery, all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
But Jesus knew that shortcuts were dangerous paths. They may offer a road free from suffering, but in the end the pain they carry is much worse than anything we can imagine. Jesus countered Satan by saying, “It is written …” (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). Jesus held firm to what He knew was true from God and His Word. And we see that the devil left Jesus (Matt. 4:11). Jesus was in fact setting the model for us. It is interesting to note that the Spirit was the One who led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matt. 4:1). God was in total control over every move of Jesus and Jesus willingly submitted to the perfect Will of the Father at all times.
We should know that when we are tempted, God can help us also. If we depend on Him, and if we stay firm to the truth of God’s Word, God will help us avoid dangerous shortcuts in life. Remember, the path that God paves for you is not easy, but it leads to eternal satisfaction.