TODAY’S MEDITATION – How did you get into the wilderness? (Mark 1:12-13)

Many believers find themselves in the wilderness and start thinking that God has forgotten them as things seem to go from worse to worse. My brother, my sister, today’s verse is clear on three main things:
1) Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit of God
2) Jesus faced danger because of wild animals
3) Jesus was attended by the angels.
That’s the reason why, it is important, when in the wilderness to know how we got there. Is it God who lead you there? Or did you lead yourself there all alone? Some people put themselves into the wilderness of debts, then start believing God is not helping them out of their debts. You see, when God led His people from Egypt to the wilderness, He was with them and He even provided them with the manna, just to teach them to learn to be totally dependent on Him. When He led His son to the desert, He also sent angels to attend Him. This tells us that, when we are led into the wilderness by God, it is because He wants to teach us something and therefore He Himself will ensure our protection and provision. So, why worry? Just keep calm and firm in faith (1 Peter 5:9). That’s why it is important for us to examine ourselves in the wilderness. Where are the places we are losing the battle? What are the things that are constantly attacking us (addictive habits, postponing things of God, conflicts or anxieties). Yes, worries of all kinds can eat away our faith. Apostle Paul says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). My friends, we must examine our wilderness experiences and identify the things that are attempting to devour us. We must deliberately lift up our souls to the Lord and be willing to follow His ways, be taught of His spirit, and to be consistent in our walk and choices. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.