It was a hot, hot day in the Judean wilderness and He was very hungry. Desert stones heated by the fiery sun were all around, waiting to be turned into hot fresh bread by the Son of God should He choose to give in to the Tempter’s suggestions- the first temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness.
Ever wondered what would have happened if Jesus had chosen to make bread from stones? I have. And I think Proverbs 20:17 gives a clue.
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.(Proverbs 20:17, KJV)
The stiffest temptations we will face will arise from a place of need, and will implicitly test our ability to trust God for sustenance, both spiritual and material.
At that moment of temptation, it may not seem like you’re doing anything “wrong” by giving in. In Jesus’ example, He was hungry and He had the power to do the needful. But because He knew that the will of God for Him was to continue in dependence on God for sustenance, He was able to overcome.
When we give into shortcuts and fleshly desires, we’re subscribing to something lower than what God has in mind for us. It may not seem too serious at the time, but when you look back in two, ten, twenty, or a hundred years later, you’ll realize that what you gained from going outside God’s will is gravel compared to what God planned for you.
Be encouraged. Even if your desert experience is looking like it will never end, don’t be tempted to “take the bull by the horns” and do things with your strength or wisdom. God will make a way. God will send help. God will see you through. Continue to trust God for strength, growth, and wisdom.