I don’t think it was a coincidence that Jesus was driven into the wilderness immediately after his baptism and the great pronouncement of his belovedness. How often, right after we have had a dynamic, vibrant experience with God, have we felt the fierce winds of temptation or sorrow or discouragement blow violently over the landscape of our lives?
I believe God delights in giving us the assurance of God’s presence so that we don’t lose hope during the dark nights of adversity. It is in the storm that our faith has a chance to grow.
Though Jesus was tempted sorely by Satan and was with wild beasts, he was waited on by angels. He wasn’t abandoned.
Because we are also sons and daughters of God, God will care for us, too. We can be assured that, no matter how dark the night, God will send the angels to wait on us, too. We will never be abandoned. We will never walk alone.
Help me to remember that I will never be left alone to fight the battles I face. Amen. — KDG