The Wilderness Experience

IMG_1463Sometimes when you walk through the desert experiences of this life.
There is often the temptation to question My Word and even My love.
However, the temptations I faced during forty days of fasting
and praying were similar, and I overcame them.
I give you the power to do the same.
Do not give up as you are learning from Me.
I came to take away all your fears.
I will help you over the rough spots and minister to you.

 “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.” Luke 4:1,2 (NLT)

 While in Israel, we drove from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. This picture was snapped from the car window of the Judean Desert which is a very mountainous, uninhabited area close to where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. I have no idea where Jesus went after he was baptized in water by John the Baptist. However if this was the actual place, it was very desolate and uninviting.

Jesus had spent some years as a Carpenter and perhaps He thought God was saying it was time to begin His ministry. Hearing God say, at His baptism ,”This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” would have been encouraging. Yet, do you wonder what He thought when the Spirit led Him to this barren place for forty days and forty nights? If it was me, I would be questioning everything. Yet Jesus our Savior, withstood all the temptations of Satan. He understands us more than we can truly comprehend.

About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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2 Responses to The Wilderness Experience

  1. Grace says:

    I am so glad that He always understands us! Thanks for this blog!


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