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. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone.’ The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours. Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God’, he said, ‘throw yourself down from here. For it is written ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is said: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. - Luke 4:1-13

Jesus was an obedient Son. Right after receiving the blessing of the Holy Spirit from his Father, He was led into the wilderness. He was led right into the most intense temptation we could imagine. Yet Jesus found strength in the midst of weakness. Though He was very hungry, He did not give into eating. When He was offered glory and fame and authority of the kingdoms of earth, He chose to deny Himself and serve instead. Then the enemy attacked Jesus' identity, but Jesus did not budge. He chose obedience over everything and His obedience gave Jesus freedom from the world.

Would you follow the Holy Spirit into the wilderness? Would you follow God into an environment that seems scary or difficult? Jesus knew God could sustain Him. He knew that God had the best intentions for Him. Many times God will lead us to a place or situation that is difficult. He uses these environments to prosper us. He uses them to lead us to a greater freedom and joy, far beyond anything this world can offer.

In what places in your life is God leading you into the wilderness? It may seem scary but know your Father has the BEST intentions for you. He has promised to walk with you hand in hand through these situations. He is inviting you to have courage and walk confidently knowing He holds you and is for you, even in the wilderness.

Father, would you remove my fear of the difficult environments or situations? Will you build in me a confidence that you have the best intentions for my life and a courage to move forward where you are leading me? Thank you that you will walk with me in every situation. Thank you that you will never leave me, not even in the wilderness.

- John Meyne