“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
Sometimes I find myself wishing that “doing life” was easier. Think about it: no struggle, no conflict, no stress. For me, that kind of world without those things would certainly be idealistic or utopian. But, without some struggle in life we don’t grow, we don’t learn about ourselves, and we don’t learn how to make choices in life that are of God and NOT of the world.
I don’t think Jesus was sent into the wilderness to suffer. I think he was sent there to learn how to be faithful. It was not about punishment or testing, but about the need for some tension in order to become disciplined and intentional about his faith and purpose. We too are sent into the world, not to be tested, not to suffer, but to thrive and live. In that, we may find times when it will be difficult and choices will be hard to make. But we should always know that God, even in the struggle, is there.
Prayer: God, for your presence in the times of struggle, we are thankful. Help us to sense that today and forever you are near. Amen.