Monday, 4 November 2013

THE WILDERNESS:GOD'S TRAINING SCHOOL



“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil“ (Matthew 4:1).
Jesus---the Son of God. Our redeemer and saviour at the beginning of His ministry was “led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil“. Why wasn't He just led straight into town to begin a life of mighty works and mighty deeds? There could be only one reason: Preparation. He was led into the wilderness to be prepared by trials, challenges and temptations.

The wilderness has significance. It is a period of dryness, loneliness, obscurity, lack, hardship and hopelessness in a person‘s life. As negative as these words may sound, they produce in us a total dependence on God and full trust in His Sovereignty. Take a pause and ponder over history. Every great life had one form of a wilderness experience. Lets just comb through scriptures: Moses spent time in the wilderness. David was in the wilderness. Joseph had his share in prison. John the Baptist and the list continues.
Your blessings and your manifestation will never be a sudden event. You have to be prepared. Ordinary lives don't just become extraordinary in the hands of God. 

The account in Matthew 4 was necessary so that Jesus in His humanity will experience what all humans experience---wilderness experiences: period of dryness and hardship. This was necessary to prepare Him for the assignment that lied ahead; make Him have compassion on humanity.“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour[aid,help]them that are tempted.“ (Hebrews 2:18).

Take heart: your pain is God at work to prepare you for His place of assignment for you. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.“ (Romans 8:28).