Have you ever ever had a religious excessive, solely then to slip into the valley at lightning velocity? You come house from a wonderful spirit-filled retreat and uncover the water heater burst and flooded the home, or the complete household contracts the abdomen virus, otherwise you get an IRS audit discover within the mail. Why Lord? Couldn’t You’ve got let me really feel nice for only a whereas longer?
Jesus understands. The identical factor occurred to Him:
“At the moment Jesus got here from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John within the Jordan. Simply as Jesus was developing out of the water, he noticed heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice got here from heaven: “You might be my Son, whom I like; with you I’m effectively happy.”
Directly the Spirit despatched him out into the wilderness...” (Mark 1:9-12)
Maybe as a result of our religion is solid in trials.
Maybe so His human pleasure wouldn’t swell.
Maybe as a result of God is aware of we can’t exist on emotional highs.
If there weren’t valleys, would we admire the mountain tops? Jesus by no means advised us turning into a believer meant a straightforward street the place the potholes would vanish. Removed from it.
What comforts me is the final a part of Mark 1:13…
and he was within the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Devil. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. (Emphasis mine).
What have I discovered?
First, God ready Jesus. He gave Him the religious excessive, the encouragement, and the religion to move into the wilderness, understanding it was coming. He gave Him His purpose- You might be My Son, with you I’m effectively happy.
Second, God by no means left Him. He despatched angels to minister to Him.
Due to His expertise on earth as a human, Jesus understands the slippery slope off the mountain into the valley. He will get the truth that life is hard. He is aware of that evil can chip away our armor of religion.
However He’s God, too. He is aware of when these “Oops” are going to come back for us. He’ll put together us for them, and information us by them. Even within the wilderness, we will discover His blessings.
By Julie Cosgrove
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