Get out of the Wilderness
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. Mark 1:13
Have you ever felt like you were in a “wilderness”? Alone and wondering around without direction or purpose? Maybe you felt like you were being forced to make decisions not because you wanted to but because circumstances demanded it? Have you ever found yourself so deep in temptation that you couldn’t possibly resist no matter how hard you tried? Maybe you are feeling that way now and you don’t know how to get out of the “wilderness” of temptation and confusion?
I was in a “wilderness” for many years. The sad part was that I didn’t even realize it. I started out in life thinking I was on the right path, but it didn’t take long at all before I found myself in the thick of the jungle, surrounded by dangers and perils, making decision based on what life was throwing at me at the time. Every time I tried to turn away from the deep woods that were surrounding me, I would feel the pressures and temptations pulling me right back into the badlands.
As deep as I was into the marsh, I know there were angels protecting me and keeping me from the destruction the enemy had planned for my life. Many pits and ditches found me calling out to God for help, but it wasn’t until I found purpose in this world that I was propelled out of that wasteland on to God’s planned road for my life.
Jesus went through a wilderness experience too, but He didn’t stay there. He fasted and prayed for forty days and at the end faced the greatest temptations. He was prepared and not sucked into that dreaded life of no purpose and no vision for the future. Even though He was surrounded by dangers, the angels strengthened Him. He overcame the wilderness experience with the power of the Word of God that He had deep within Him and the power of the plan of God He knew He was born to accomplish.
Today I want to encourage you if you are going through a wilderness time, you do not have to stay there. There is a way of escape. First of all, call out to your Savior for help. He will provide a way out, but knowing your purpose will keep you out. Ask the Holy Spirit to make known to you the reason you are in this world, then ask Him to empower you to take steps in that direction. It won’t happen overnight, and you will have to step away from some toxic habits and relationships, but when you are where you know you are supposed to be at the right time, it makes all the difference in the world. When hard times come, you have the assurance that you are where God planned for your life and that assurance will keep you rooted in the garden of His goodness not in the wilderness of despair.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 1:9-15
9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.
13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”