Mark 1:13And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
Comfort is a lovely feeling where I feel amazing just kicking it back to my favourite shows, doing my favourite activities, listening to my favourite music or eating my favourite food. It is a place where we go to after a long day or when you just want to destress. It can also be a state of mind when everything is going according to your plans. Comfort is a place where you feel great and what most people aspire to. However, is it always great to be comfortable? Let’s take an example of an athlete who is only comfortable lifting weights lower than fifty kilograms or a kid who is only comfortable eating ice cream. How will the athlete become strong and how will the kid be healthy?
As Ecclesiastes 3, says there is a time for everything and sometimes being in uncomfortable seasons (wilderness) is a times necessary for growth. Jesus needed to be in the wilderness in order to prepare for His next steps. Some of us may be in a season of wilderness with great discomfort, however there are great lessons we can learn from this season that will make us much stronger. When an athlete goes through the pains of running an extra mile or sticking to the right diet he or she is rewarded at the end. As Christians we may not know why we are going through such times of difficulty, but what we know is that God has good plans for us. Sometimes we have to be in the fire, but there is Another there with you. Wilderness is a place of thorns and wild beasts, but in our wilderness we can find comfort in Christ.
Thank you Lord for being with me in the wilderness – although I do not understand why, I know that it is important for my growth. Amen.