And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.There are lots of things to notice about the incident, but the thing that struck me was that the hunger was already there. Satan didn't cause the hunger. He just called attention to it and suggested that it become something to focus on and do something about. And he suggested that the best way to satisfy the hunger was by an inappropriate route.
And it struck me how often Satan does that. Most of us have things we want to do but know we shouldn't. And probably a fair amount of the time those inappropriate desires remain in the background of our minds. But sometimes Satan comes strolling along and says, "Hey, you really want to hit that guy, and if you had any spunk you would." [or whatever our particular thing is]. He brings those things to the forefront and suggests that they are urgent and we need to satisfy the desire. And usually throws in an "if thou be the Son of God" kind of taunt for good measure.
Somehow, recognizing the source of those feelings of "I've just gotta do this thing" helps me not give in. Helps me realize that, when the focus is lurching into inappropriate areas, I need to refocus my thoughts and desires - as Christ did by turning to scriptures to counter Satan. Not easy, but somehow easier when I remember that, if I'll put forth my best effort to refocus, I'll be enabled by the atoning power of Christ to put those things behind me.