Friday, February 17, 2012

"The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him."
Mark 1:12–13

encouragement for today

As soon as God the Father affirmed his love of the Son, Satan tried to snatch it away. Note that the whole Godhead is involved here. After God the Father spoke to the Son, the Holy Spirit led the Son into the wilderness. There Satan, the cosmic enemy, tried to tempt Jesus to step out of his relationship with the Father. Angels, God's messengers, helped Jesus. So it is with us. The whole Godhead, along with the angels, helps us. Jesus paved the way. Never forget the resources you possess, even when you're in the wilderness and tempted by Satan.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions