“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
- You may be facing challenges where you are now, and you are wondering why you are passing through what you are passing through.
- You may even have the conviction in your heart that you are led where you are by God, you are at the center of God’s will– ‘Why then the challenges and tribulations?’
- The fact that you are led to a place by God does not mean everything would be smooth, and without any stress or challenge.
- In the above Bible passage, it says, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Mathews 4:1(NKJV)
- Jesus did not lead Himself to the wilderness, He was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil – ‘Can the Holy Spirit lead one into problem?’
- The fact that you are at the center of God’s will does not mean the devil will not challenge you– you may be doing the right thing that was commanded by God, yet facing challenges and opposition (2Corinthians 4:8-10; 1Thessalonians 3:3; 2Timothy3:12).
- You may be appointed by God to do a particular thing, still you suffer in a bid to do it.
11 “to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
- For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
2 Timothy 1:11,12(NKJV)
- Paul and his team were divinely led into the region of Macedonia, yet when they got there, Paul and Silas were arrested and imprisoned after an exploit in ministerial work (Acts 16:9-24).
- You should not be despaired about what you are passing through at your place of assignment– God knows about it, He will make a way out of it.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13(NKJV)
- You believe you are led into a particular thing by God: a business, a relationship, a ministry, or an assignment; and yet in it, you are facing challenges– know that there is a purpose for it.
- Jesus made it known to us that we will have tribulation in the world, but we should be cheerful, He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
- Do not doubt whether God is with you, He is, since He led you there– He knows about what you are passing through. - All you need to do is: find a purpose in the problem you are facing; and know what God is calling your attention to do in that predicament.
- Cultivate the habit of praising God in all situation (Hebrews 13:15).
- Of course, you are not praising God for what the devil is doing– you are praising God for the fact that He will prove Himself strong on your behalf i.e. in your situation (2Chronicles 16:9).
- When Paul and Silas were in that prison in Macedonia, where they were led by the Holy Spirit; they prayed and sang praises to God, they did not murmur – and God moved on their behalf, caused their release (Act 16:25,26).
- The purpose in Paul’s and Silas’ arrest was later known– the jailer and all his household were saved (Acts 16:27-34).
- We can deduce from the passage that, one out of other reasons why God led Paul and his team to the Region of Macedonia was the salvation of the jailer and his household (Acts 16:25-34).
- If you are led into a thing, and you are facing challenges in it, you do not need to opt out; cooperate with God and submit to His will– strive to know why you are led into it.
- Do not murmur or complain.
“nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.”
1 Corinthians 10:10(NKJV)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
- Jesus knew His mission on earth will entail suffering, yet He obeyed God– He submitted to the will of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-8).
- His obedience gave Him the name that is above every other name, He was highly exalted.
- “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
- that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
- and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- Allow God’s will to be done in your life.
- Stay put at the place where you are led, till you have fulfilled your assignment there; or you receive another command to move.
You will not fail in Jesus’ name.