“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2
Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist. He was starting to become known in the area as someone different. God spoke audibly that He was His Son.
Now the Holy Spirit gives Jesus some directions to go into the wilderness. This wilderness was a wild, uncultivated wasteland area. No one else would be there, except maybe thieves trying to hide from the authorities. There would be no food there to eat. No motels to stay at for the night. It would be harsh living.
What would your thoughts be if the Holy Spirit gave you those directions? Most people would think that maybe they heard God wrong. Many would be angry with God for sending them into such a “God forsaken” area. Others might think that God is punishing them for doing something wrong.
Jesus did not think any of these things. He knew that God wanted Him there for a reason. This reason was to make Him, who was perfect, even more perfect. In order to take away your sins and understand the powers of sin, He had to be tempted with it. In order to understand giving orders, He had to take orders.
Even though Jesus was God, He was also man. As a man, He had to go through everything that man goes through.
Today, God may be leading you into a wilderness. Although for you it is probably not a literal wilderness. It is an area of life that you feel all alone. You may feel like God has left you. You may feel like you are being punished, that there is no hope and that everything that could go wrong is going wrong.
If God led you into a wilderness, He will lead you through it and back out of it. He has a purpose for that wilderness in your life. Do not lose hope. Trust God. He is working on making you perfect like Jesus was perfect.
Don’t give up. Be willing to walk the path He has for you.
I pray today that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will not lose hope in God’s leading; that you will trust God; and that God will make you more like Jesus.