“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4.16 NKJV).
We have many hardships during our life on this earth. Some hardships are out of our control. Life hits us with difficulties because we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. Other difficulties are repercussions of bad choices we’ve made in the past. Although we are forgiven and our slate is wiped clean, we still have to deal with consequences of our mistakes. Yet other hardships are ordained by God, and we walk straight into them out of obedience. After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, God led Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. This temptation solidified Jesus’ ability to conquer Satan and achieve victory over death. As Christians, God will allow “wilderness” seasons to occur in our life, and we have the ability to obediently walk the wilderness or run away from difficulty. The people who allow themselves to be led into the wilderness with the Lord, will come out stronger. The people who avoid obedient hardships at all cast will stay immature in their faith. Every difficulty that God brings our way is an opportunity for us to grow stronger in Christ, becoming more like Him. When we hide from hardships, we show a lack of trust in God and our spiritual muscles stay weak and small. Instead, we can be like Jesus Who willingly walked into the wilderness and overcame every obstacle Satan threw His way. When Jesus’ wilderness experience was done, He went forth and saved the world.
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall