Mark 1:12-15 ESV: The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Am I willing to go where the Spirit leads me?  As we are preparing to go to Moldova, I tend to answer with a resounding “Yes!”  But upon further reflection, is that really true?

This account of Mark tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He was tempted by Satan.  Would I follow the call of God into the wilderness?  If you think Moldova is a wilderness, what about a more spiritual wilderness?  Do I think that God would lead me to a place of dryness?  Even if He does, will I still trust Him?

Jesus was led to the desert, but the scripture says that the angels were ministering to Him.  I’ve heard many times how the 40 days of fasting would have decimated Jesus’ physical body, but more importantly, God sent angels to minister to Him.  He was not alone.  In the dry place, the place where He was tempted to sin, He was never alone.

This is the promise that God gives us: that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  I can follow the Spirit wherever He leads me, and I will not be alone, no matter what the circumstances.

It’s only after this trying time that Jesus starts His ministry.  He starts preaching truth: the kingdom of God is at hand.  He starts preaching a command: repent and believe the good news.  If I really want to obey God’s command and tell the world about the gospel, I have to be willing to follow Him, regardless of what the situation seems to be.  He will not leave me and He will not forsake me.  We’re going to preach the gospel, and so we must be preparing for a temporary wilderness.

What wilderness have you been through?  Was it hard to trust God?

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