God is the tester and Satan is the tempter. The tempter’s three primary attack strategies are; appetite of the flesh, worldly ambition, and spiritual allegiance. When Jesus was Holy Spirit led into wilderness to fast for 40 days/nights he was tempted in each of the areas listed above. Make note, the tempter’s intention is to exploit, pervert, and subvert God’s pre-programmed desires for the sole purpose of ensnaring and entrapping God’s people! In Matthew 4:3-10 the tempter used Jesus’ hunger, status, and allegiance strategically to get Him to fall! Jesus was cool as a fan and He chose to use that which was already written to thwart the tempter’s plan. Perhaps, the preamble, “It is written” was the precursor to, “It is finished.”
Here’s the good news,”The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (I Cor 10:13) Satan tempts to get the worst out of us but God test to get the best out of us!