SCRIPTURE - Luke 4:1-4
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
This passage takes place immediately after God tells everyone that He's pleased with Jesus, His son. Jesus doesn't work for that approval, but now the work begins. Interestingly, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads Jesus into the place that the testing happens, where he would fast for forty days. (Twenty-one doesn’t feel so bad in comparison, right?)
One of the first temptations the devil brings to Jesus is to draw attention to his physical cravings and to lure him to prove he is who God says he is. Jesus confidently refutes the devil's temptation with Scripture, reminding himself that he depends on God for his life.
We all hope that the place God is leading us next will be a radically fulfilling, abundant, and enjoyable season. While that is God's heart for our eternity with Him, we do go through, and maybe are even sometimes led, like Jesus was, into wilderness seasons where we must face deep hunger, targeted temptation, and a questioning of our identity.
In those moments, we must cling to God’s Word. That is the source of truth we recall when we are tested, feeling tempted, or having our identity questioned. Whatever your next season is, you can be confident that it will bring you closer to God if you give it to Him. He knows what's coming, and He knows what you need to get through it.
Today, ask God to give you a sense of clarity on where you are being led right now. Is God bringing you to a position of increased authority and influence? Or one of hiddenness and inward focus? Are you being led to enjoy the fruit of long-awaited prayers and labors? Or are you to commit yourself to doing good, even if it doesn't seem to make a difference right now?
"God, I know that no matter the season I'm in, you want to use it to love me, teach me, and strengthen me. Help me to sense in my spirit where you are leading me so that I can make the most of what's coming. I trust you! In Jesus' name, amen."