“I will give you all authority and splendor” Luke 4: 6
Here we see Satan tempting Jesus with the privilege of authority. After leading Jesus to a high place and showing him all the kingdoms of the world, Satan is telling Jesus that if Jesus worshiped him he would give ‘all authority and splendor’.
Satan claims that that authority was given to him and he could give it to anyone he wants. This is a false claim because Psalm 24: 1 says that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”. God is the only one who has the ultimate and genuine authority. He is on the throne and only He can give authority to anyone.
But with a false claim, Satan is trying to deceive the Son of God. Jesus, knowing the truth, merely answers saying, “It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only” (Luke 4: 8).
In our lives also, Satan deceivingly tempts us with the lure of authority. If we do something which would please the devil, we may get temporary power and authority. But it would not last.
We may cherish authority and long to gain it through any means, but true authority is given by God alone. So let us stop manipulating, scheming and politicking to gain authority and power.
Let us remember the word of Jesus to Pilate. “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above” (John 19: 11).
Let us reject the attempts of Satan to show us shortcut to gain temporal authority but humble before God so that he would give us authority according to his own good will which would last for a long time.