Led into the Wilderness

Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” [ Luke 4:1-2a]

Jesus had just received this incredible blessing, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Full of the Holy Spirit, I am sure Jesus was ready to begin his ministry in earnest. Yet, our text tells us that what happened next, for Jesus was to sojourn into a wilderness filled with temptations. Have you ever received accolades or been given high praise? Our egos often get the best of us when this happens, for we easily begin to think we are something pretty special. Maybe, that is why Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the wilderness, for the wilderness is a place that clarifies our moorings. The wilderness lays bare our moorings, what holds us fast when life is desolate. Jesus’ moorings were solid, for he was able to refute the devil and not fall for his wiles. Jesus was not lured by the ways of the world, for the eyes of his heart were focused solely on God. What about you? What about us? Are the moorings of our faith secure in God? As Lent unfolds may you learn from the wilderness about your moorings.

Prayer

Holy One, I know that I do not live by bread alone.  I know that I am to have no other gods, but you. And although, like Gideon I am tempted to test your word, I yearn to trust you with all of life. Help me to learn what I need to learn from the wilderness this Lent. Amen.

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