Temptation #2 is about power. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolute. Satan was lying when he offered Jesus power over all the kingdoms of the world. This was a lie, and a temptation for Jesus to compromise, to take a short cut, to avoid the cross. But he did not give into the temptation. Jesus again answered with God's Word. "You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him."
Power is still a great temptation today. We want power and control. How many times are we tempted to compromise, to let something else take God's place in our lives for a period of time so that we can get ahead, have more power or control? How many times has that effort failed? Nothing can take God's place in our lives! So why even try? Wouldn't we be better off trusting God?