Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said, `If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.' But Jesus answered, 'The scripture says, "Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks."' (verses 1-4)
How does Jesus respond to the devil's temptation? First, he acknowledges that he is human, just like you and me. He recognises his hunger and that some bread would satisfy it. But he doesn't stop with this basic human need. As a human he needs also the word of God - all of God's word, not just the bits he likes or the portions which sound helpful and positive, but all of it.
What this means for us is that we have a Saviour who understands everything that we feel, think and experience, the good and the bad, because he was and is human just like us. There is no superhero stuff here. We are simply called as ordinary people to live under the will of God in this world.
But, at the same time, we need to listen to, read, study and know 'every word that God speaks'. We need to hear what God is saying because his word is not just helpful handy hints about living; his words are life-giving.
Lord God, you speak to me each day. Open my ears, my eyes, my mind and my heart to hear, understand and live in your word. Amen.