2.10.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 15. Patience.

As we begin Chapter 4 we are presented with this account of the “testing” or “tribulation” of Jesus in the wilderness.

Afterward, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the lonely wilderness in order to reveal his strength against the accuser by going through the ordeal of testing. And after fasting for forty days, Jesus was extremely weak and famished. Then the tempter came to entice him to provide food by doing a miracle. So he said to Jesus, “How can you possibly be the Son of God and go hungry? Just order these stones to be turned into loaves of bread.” He answered, “The Scriptures say: Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word, which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.” – Matthew 4:1-4

A note on the term of the fast here. 40 days. Moses and Elijah both fasted for forty days (Ex. 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8) The number 40 usually signifies passing a test or enduring a time of trial. It rained for 40 days in the time of Noah, and Jonah warned Ninevah for 40 days. God told Ezekial to lay on his right side for 40 days (Ezek 4:6)

All pretty interesting. I didn’t realize that the number 40 was so significant in the Bible.

In the 4th verse, Jesus states that the Scriptures say that man cannot live by bread alone. Nothing can satisfy the Son’s appetite but the words of God.

Then it gets interesting…

Deuteronomy 8:3 says this: “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

God had not given Jesus permission to turn stones into bread, and Jesus would not be pushed into prematurely demonstrating His power. He was content with the timing of the Father. He refused to turn stones into bread and feed himself, but he multiplied the bread for His hungry followers. Today He is still turning hearts of stone into living bread that will feed the nations with truth.

One phrase that sticks out to me here is that Jesus was content with the timing of the Father. Are you? Are you content with the timing of the Father? The timing of all that’s happening in your life. All that you’re waiting on, hoping for. All that you’re praying about.

Patience. A hard pill to swallow but a necessary one when we are walking with God. His timing is perfect, ours is almost always premature. Let’s practice patience today.

6 Comments

  1. Suzanne on February 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    >>>>>>>He was content with the timing of the Father. <<<<<<<<<< Yes, I like that also
    Jesus was always at peace…he decided to live within the will of his father. He didn’t think about, he didn’t struggle with it, he just did it. Even in Gethsemane, he opted to just surrender. Contentment… I wish it was a decision I could make and stick too.

    Philippians 4:11-13
    11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

    Content comes before strengthens … surrender and trust before ability

    Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

    1 Timothy 6:8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

    1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 10, 2021 at 10:02 pm

      His surrender was our gain…..very humbling.

  2. Sherri H on February 10, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Indeed patience is a hard one and most of the time I do really well with that , I definitely can tell when I’m not so patient and the outcomes of each are undeniably different. Thank you Jesus for being patient with me

  3. Barbara S on February 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Patience is something I struggle with on a daily basis! Just when I think I am doing better something happens and I realize not so much! So it occurs to me struggling is not the answer! The answer is likely surrender and let Jesus take care of whatever it is! There is that word again…reminds me of a new song I heard recently!

  4. Carol B on February 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Something that was shared with me recently is that lack of patience shows entitlement and we are entitled to nothing. I like to plan and organzie and have things in order… So…praying on all of this. But I also know Gods timing and what He does is always perfect. His will is better than ours.

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 23, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Such a great quote. Lack of patience shows entitlement, so very true. Patience makes us appreciate all of it so much more…

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