“He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
Have you ever traveled to a strange town and found yourself totally lost; nothing is familiar and questions of proper direction keep pouring into your head. The wilderness can be a scary place since there is much that is unknown that could be lurking with the potential of causing great harm. There are 2 options that are available to choose; you could pretend you are not lost and make it seem like you know the way forward, or you could admit you are lost and seek direction. Asking for help is admitting being lost and the acknowledgement that a proper way forward cannot be found. Once we put our ego away long enough to ask for help we start realizing we are in fact lost and that we do need help finding our way. As we walk through the wilderness of life, there are many temptations along the way that would really get us off track. If we try to find our way alone we will find ourselves lost, broken, and weakened to the point of making decisions that may not be the healthiest for ourselves and for those around us. Jesus does promise to be with us to the end of the age and does affirm that in the midst of the wilderness of life, he is there and will bind our brokenness and offer us hope that there is a way out no matter our broken spirit or just how lost we find ourselves. The first step to finding our way is to admit we are lost in the first place, to recognize that we truly need someone beyond ourselves to get back on the right path and heading in the right direction. Faith in Jesus Christ begins with acknowledging our “lostness” and the need to find the right path. Turn back to God, repent, and you will find healing for your spirit and rest for your weary soul. The wilderness is not a bad place when you are not facing it alone. Walk with the One that calls you by name, and you will know the grace that can only come from God. Thank you Jesus for walking with each of us through the wilderness of our lives and giving us hope that we are never walking alone.