“The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’” –Matthew 4:3
A rock can look like a hunk of bread. Once I snatched a rock from under Lexi’s nose because I thought it was food. I was deceived. Lexi’s been tricked, too. Once she grabbed a rock in her mouth. She immediately dropped it when she realized it wasn’t good to eat. Appearances aren’t deceiving for dogs; they rely on their sense of smell. I wonder if that rock smelled like food. Or maybe Lexi hoped so hard that the rock was food that she tried it anyway. Christians, too, can be deceived by our fear or our desire. We can mistake a rock for a hunk of bread. We can convince ourselves that stones are the Bread of Life. We’re tempted to substitute one for the other. But rocks are not food. Only Jesus has the power to turn stones into bread—and he teaches us to tell the difference instead. If we walk with God, we won’t be deceived.
Dear God, Teach me to spot the difference between a rock and a hunk of bread. Amen