1A)'>(A)"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, B)'>(B) . . . was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2for C)'>(C)forty days, being tempted by the devil." Luke 4:1-2a
There was a definite leading of Jesus while He was in the wilderness. When we are in a wilderness it might feel like there is no order, just chaos and hardship, but this just isn't true. God is in control.
God is putting us into situations which will show us where we are at spiritually. He wants us to rise up to the occasion. He believes in us.
13"When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time."
God says to Satan, Okay, you can do your thing with my kid, but only this far. God puts limits on him. God uses Satan to prove our faith. Satan might think he's getting away with something, but he's not getting away with anything. God is using him to show us and the world we are His kids and we are definitely trusting in Him.
31"Simon, Simon, behold, A)'>(A)Satan has demanded permission to B)'>(B)sift you like wheat; 32but I C)'>(C)have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, D)'>(D)strengthen your brothers."
Jesus knew Peter would turn back to Him. Yes, Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, but He didn't focus on that. He focused on Peter coming back to Him. Only when Peter boasted that he would never deny Jesus did Jesus talk about his denial in detail.
Why wouldn't Satan be going to God the same way with His other kids? Satan hates all of God's kids, especially the ones who are wholly in trusting in God. If you are, then be sure that Satan hates you and plans on making you stumble.
But our lives aren't led by Satan. Our trials and hardships aren't even led by him even when he thinks he's the dude. God never takes His hand off us. He says to Satan, Hey, have you seen this beloved child of mine? She loves me. She is strong in me. She is going to trust me through this hardship. Just watch!