The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

Matthew 4:3-4

By Charla Riggs

During my sophomore year of college, I worked as and aide to a Biology professor in order to help with my tuition. One of my assigned jobs was to monitor and grade exams. During an exam session, I noticed a handsome guy taking the test. As he turned in his test, he was talkative and friendly. My ego kicked in and I began imagining he wanted to ask me on a date. As I graded, I paid particular attention to his test and discovered his answers were identical to the student sitting next to him. Suddenly I had a dilemma, did I let my suspicions go as I was tempted to do or inform the professor? I wasn’t starving after a long fast as Jesus was, but temptation led me to look the other way.  I debated with God most of the weekend.  I needed to be responsible and keep my job. I also wanted to make a good impression on the cute guy.  Deep down I knew taking the right path was more important than a date or job security. I chose to speak with the professor. I might never have heard from the friendly guy, but I knew for certain I wouldn’t after my decision! I was sad but remember feeling at peace, knowing that a “maybe date” wasn’t worth taking a path leading in a direction God wouldn’t want me to go. 

As the years passed, I have been given more temptations and have not always taken the necessary step of talking to God about my decisions.  As a result I have gotten into some less than desirable situations which did not bring peace. I continue to learn that I cannot live by bread alone, but must listen for God’s guidance in order to move beyond fleeting desires.