If you’re like me, you probably ask “Who am I? Am I good enough? Am I doing enough?” or something similar far too often. As I study God’s word, I see that this is no coincidence. It’s our enemy’s fundamental tactic.
Look at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry described in Matthew 4:1-11.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
As I studied these verses I tried to make sense of the three tests. I asked “Am I tempted in the same ways?” I wanted to understand the devil’s approach so I would be less vulnerable. Maybe this knowledge would help me fail less often. Then it occurred to me that in all three instances the devil was questioning Jesus’ identity. “IF you are the Son of God…” He was trying to cause Jesus to doubt His true identity as the Son of God, the Messiah, our Savior. It was no accident that this immediately preceded the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
I hope you can derive the same comfort as me in the truth that we are God’s adopted sons and daughters. We are good enough because He is good enough. It is not through our trying; it is through His doing that we are rescued (again and again). Our weakness becomes strength in His loving arms. You will be asked, “IF you are a child of God…” Don’t doubt your true identity. It is secured through the grace and mercy of Jesus. Thank you God!