(By Kyle Winkler) Satan hasn’t only mastered the art of how to attack, but he’s also mastered the art of knowing when to attack. Yes, he knows that the success of his attacks ultimately depend upon orchestrating them at just the right time. What we can observe from the Bible, history and our own lives is that Satan isn’t likely to take his best shots when we’re strong and ready for him. That would be a waste of his time and energy. Rather, the enemy preys on people when their defenses are down.
Incredibly, this was part of his plan to take down Jesus. Notice that Jesus’ famous temptation by the devil didn’t happen in the first few days in the wilderness, but at the end. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, Matthew records that Jesus was famished (Matt. 4:1-2). Unsurprisingly, it was at this moment—when Jesus was at His weakest—that Satan came with his temptations. READ MORE