Driven into the wilderness


Mark 1:12 (ESV): 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.


Mark is describing the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Immediately after being baptized by John, the Spirit drove him into the wilderness.

Mark clearly states that Satan tempted Jesus. And he notes that Jesus fasted 40 days and nights. But he also notes that angels ministered to him during this difficult time.


We should not overlook the fact that God sends us into seasons of difficulty at times. He does not do so to destroy us, but to prepare us to be more effectively in his service.

When God puts us in such difficult situations that are beyond our means, He also provides us help so that we can be victorious as we rely on him.


Heavenly Father, help me to recognize your working in times of difficulty and trial. Help me to remain faithful to you, relying upon you. Amen.

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