When I think of the wilderness so many things come to my mind. I think of being alone, and nowhere...it seems sad. I think of the children of Israel and how they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they did not believe or trust God. Today in my Bible reading I read Luke 4:1, which says, "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness."
The first thing I thought about after reading that verse was that Jesus was led to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. The other day my husband and I were talking about trials, and how that after having gone through various and difficult trials we have realized that God entrusted us with those trials so that we might bring Glory and Honour to Him. I say entrusted because during these "wilderness" times or trials, we have the opportunity to experience the grace of God, and grow our faith. II Peter 5:10 says, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."
The Holy Spirit will lead us to the wilderness so that we can mature, become established in our beliefs, be strengthened in our faith, and have our questions answered - get matters of faith settled. The key to going through a trial is to fully rely on God - and not allow Satan to trip you up and cause you to wander in the wilderness. Satan will try all kinds of ways to turn you away from God - just like he did to Jesus.
Food: When Jesus was in the wilderness the Bible says He did not eat for 40 days - and that he was hungry. "And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:3 Satan was tempting Jesus in His area of weakness. Jesus was hungry, Satan tempted Him with food. Jesus answered, "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4
Fame & Finances: After that Satan tried to appeal to Jesus by offering Him fame and riches - can you imagine the audacity Satan add to try to tempt the King of Kings? Luke 4:5-7 says, "And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Of course Jesus did not succumb to Satan.
Faith: When that didn't work Satan tried Jesus in the area of His faith. "And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Luke 4:9-12
During those fearful times in the wilderness Satan will do the same things to you - but remember to keep these thoughts:
1. Stay in the Word of God - make sure you're eating good food!
2. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8 Keep giving your tithes, and keep serving the Lord - make sure your're working on giving Jesus "fame" and not yourself.
3. Trust the Lord - He is faithful.
The song on my heart today: He's Been Faithful To Me
In my moments of fear, through every doubt, every tear
there's a God whose been faithful to me
When my strength was all gone, and my heart had no song
even then He was faithful to me
Every word He's promised is true, and what I thought seemed impossible
I've seen my God do
He's been faithful, faithful to me
in my life, His tender mercies I see
though at times I have questioned, even failed to believe
still He's been faithful, faithful to me.
Yes through the years we have endured many trials and God has used each one to teach us, grow us, and most importantly allow us to fully realiz His love, grace, and peace...He's been so faithful to me. Have a wonderful day!