S (Scripture): Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
O (Observation): Jesus was obviously hungry – famished is the word used here. He has fasted 40 days! Of course Jesus wants something to eat…but he refused to turn the stones to bread. Why? Identity.
Jesus does not want his identity to be shaped by his carnal desire for food (or anything else on this earth). Jesus is clear that his nourishment, his appetite, would not be shaped by the devil’s suggestions. Rather, he will let God’s Word fill him.
A (Application): So many things are available to sate our appetites: food, sex, drugs, spending money… Some of those are good. Some are bad.
What are the appetites that are controlling you?
For me, spending money used to define me, which caused me to spend more money than I had. Thanks to a bit of maturing and a wise wife (thank you, Kelly), God has allowed my appetite to shift away from spending frivolously. I still like to spend, but the fact that we have no credit card debt (for about 5 years now!) is a testament to the fact that I can say “No” to some things.
What appetite defines you?
P (Prayer): Lord, remind us that in you we have all we could ever want or need. Amen.