Immediately the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. Mark 1:12-13

From time to time, we’re pushed into some circumstances that aren’t so pleasant. We find ourselves in some situations that we wonder, how did I end up here? What am I doing in this situation? How did I get here? Why did this happen to me?

The Lord Jesus in a way found himself in a similar situation. The Bible says he was driven into the wilderness. Why? For what purpose? This is because if you know anything about wilderness at all, it’s not a pleasant place. it’s not fun in the wilderness. The wilderness is not a holiday destination.

Why would a good God allowed his own to go into the wilderness of life? The answer is this: To get them ready for the next phase of their assignment in life. The wilderness is a place of preparation.

In the wilderness, Jesus was buffeted, harassed and tempted by the evil one. His flesh was put under intense pressure. The enemy hurled all his weapons at him. He was tried and tested, and at the end of it. he came out shinning. He gained the victory over the evil one, and that was why he went out there and did wonders. Simply because he got his private victory, and so public victory is a guarantee.

Does it seem you’re in the wilderness right now? Maybe God is getting you ready for the next phase of your life. And that’s why you cannot afford to give up now. That’s why you cannot afford to fail the test because victory is necessary now so that you can qualify for the next assignment of your life.

I close with the testimony of Jesus after 40 days in the wilderness:

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. Luke 4:14