I am curious about something, and I am not gonna pretend that I have full revelation about it. I don't know about you, but I love having those moments kind of like Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones (however proportionately different it can be) in which you feel the Lord stirring curiosity in you...
I was reading about when the Lord was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Most are familiar with the turn of events, how He fasted for 40 days and afterward was hungry. The temptations began with food, then with testing God...finally with worship. Jesus allowed the Word to be His Sword and Shield (how much more should we?), teaching us to respond to temptation and trials with Scripture rather than our own opinion or feelings.
What seems to be spotlighted for me to dig into is this: Why did He wait till the third time to say, "Away with you, Satan!"? Why didn't Jesus just stop it from the get-go? Why didn't He send Satan packing as soon as He was tempted to fill His stomach miraculously? I mean, even the second situation...the enemy was trying to use the Word against Him! I'm thinking that would stir me enough to say, "Go away now."
But He didn't. He allowed the enemy to approach him again and again. Like I said, I do not have full revelation about this, but I am stirred to seek the Lord about it. I pray this stirs something in you, as well. The Lord doesn't have to tell me His reasoning; I am definitely on a need-to-know basis.
I do offer this as a thought. What if even then, in a season of trial and temptation, Jesus was thinking of you and me? He was a Savior who laid down His life. I believe that began long before the cross. He knew that we would encounter temptation to cater to our flesh wants. He knew that we would face the temptations to test God with our choices. He knew that we would be offered the option of worshipping and serving gods other than the true God. He knew the different angles and strategies the enemy would use...so He conquered them in a way that we could cling to and emulate.
He was saving us even then. That's what our Savior does; that's what He has always done. His life wasn't about Him, and ours isn't about us. I challenge you to look at the temptations and trials the enemy hits you with and dare to think about those in your life who would be affected by your decisions. Choose to respond to life with the Word...and allow the victories to be testimonies to those watching you.
Father, I am so thankful for the way You defeat the enemy every single time. I trust that Your ways are perfect, and I love when You draw me deeper to try and understand them. You are victorious, and You want us to be, as well. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.