Posted on March 13, 2019 by Katie Snyder
Scripture Luke 4:1-13
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
5 Then the devil[a] led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil[b] said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’”
9 Then the devil[c] took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’
11 and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Jesus went into the wilderness which is a very scary place. It is a place where God wasn’t supposed to be int he ancient world. However, often in the Bible God calls people into the wilderness.
Part 1 Your Wilderness
Think about a time or place where you felt as though you were in the wilderness. Draw a picture of it or write a descriptive narrative about this place. Maybe it was a real place. Maybe it was a season in your life. Maybe it’s more of an attitude or a mindset that you have. Maybe you haven’t had a season like this create what you think your own personal wilderness might look like. What images or ideas come to mind as you think about this idea of a place where danger lurks and God feels distant. Draw a picture of it or write a narrative describing your wilderness.
Now write or draw how God could break through and join you in that Wilderness. Maybe God was there all along and you just didn’t see. Show how your sight is now revealed. God is everywhere even in the places in our lives where God feels distant to us. God is still there but sometimes we have to look for God.
Help me to see You. Help me to find you in my wilderness. You were there when Jesus was being tempted. You were there in the wilderness helping Jesus to survive his 40 days. Help me to see in these 40 days of Lent and most especially help me to see you in my wilderness. In Your most holy and precious name, I pray, Amen.