For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. Then the Devil said, “They’re yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I’m in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. Worship me and they’re yours, the whole works.”
(Luke 4:5-7 MSG)
As someone who enjoys photography, I know what it’s like to capture that perfect moment, or create it if need be. Unfortunately, the devil is a skilled photographer too. He can create that picture-perfect moment in our minds and tempt us to think it’s all there is. He did it to Jesus years ago and he continues to do it to countless other people today, making them believe it’s theirs for the taking, if they would just bow down to his ways. But as any photographer knows, there’s no such thing as a perfect picture. It takes a lot of skill and effort, not to mention editing, to achieve perfection. Jesus knew that what He was being presented with wasn’t real. That is why He refused to worship the devil. Study and memorize God’s Word too so that you’ll learn to see beyond the devil’s distortions of reality, and won’t bow to him either.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but we need to know the Word.