The Reward of the Spirit
“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” (Matthew 4:11)
After Jesus’ severe trial of fasting in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights, He becomes hungry. I do not know that we can comprehend the hunger that He felt at the time. I do not believe that we can comprehend what His body was going through at the time, particularly His mind. He would have been, perceivably, completely exhausted…starving for food to replenish His body. His mind would have been weak as His body was weak.
At the end of the fasting, the devil comes, in His greatest perceived weakest state. The devil tempts Him to do the devil’s wishes, to the point of worshiping him, but Jesus will have none of it and dispenses the devil with the Word of God and the confidence of the Son of God.
When the devil left Him, angels came and ministered to Him. It is the comfort of God, the Father, to minister to His Son in the time of trial to replenish His Spirit. We do not know what the angels did at that time, nor do we know how long it took. Be very careful here of what men may say about angels, for the Word of God is very specific with what it says and what it doesn’t say. All we know is what it says, the angels ministered to Jesus, we do not know what they did.
However, the point here is that when we go through trials of testing and temptation and, in the Spirit, overcome, we are ministered to by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comforts us in our times of need. The Holy Spirit knows our needs and our weaknesses. He knows our times and our days. He provides us with the Word to encourage us; He speaks Truth to us in times of sorrow, threat, fear and loss. He guides us into all Truth.
The Holy Spirit prays in us and for us, “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27).
Just as Jesus Christ was ministered to by the angels, so are we ministered to by the Holy Spirit. He sees us through. “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Let Him Who knew no sin, but dwelt among us as we are, minister to you in the power of the Holy Spirit. He knows our needs before we even ask. Abide in Him through in the each and every moment. Trust Him with your life in the good and the bad. He loves you so!