It is interesting to note that it was the Holy Spirit, which had descended upon Jesus at his baptism, that led him straight out into the wilderness to face the temptation of the devil. How easily I have assumed that to be led by the spirit is to be led in green pastures etc… But now I realise that this great journey of faith will not always be comfortable or even pleasant. The spirit must lead me through all kinds of difficulty. That is because, being human, that which goes against my selfish desire for ease and comfort will always feel uncomfortable. But God’s plans clearly include the building of my christian character and faith through a certain amount of trial and struggle.
Luke 4:1-13 NLT
Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’ ” Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ” When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
My goal is to learn to accept the the hard times the Spirit may lead me through. I hope to grow strong in faith and character through the uncomfortable and unpleasant things I must endure for God. I hope to grow, enough to face the devil and turn him down when he tempts me. I hope to embrace the lessons the Spirit will teach me, because the devil will always be waiting for his next opportunity to tempt me.
Numbers 30:1-31:54, Luke 4:1-30, Psalms 63:1-11, Proverbs 11:20-21