Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, 25 April 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Forty Days And Forty Years
“Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.” Mark 1:12 NKJV
Jesus received the Holy Spirit, and the first thing the Holy Spirit did was to drive Him into the wilderness! Who does that? Mind you, nothing funny or pleasant happens in the wilderness; wildernesses are called dry and thirsty lands: there are wild beasts there, fiery serpents and scorpions!
But that’s exactly where God chooses to take His people to test and to prepare them. Moses said to the Israelites, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
Now you know, that it’s very possible for God to allow you experience very tough and challenging times; He could take you through very terrible conditions – not to kill you, but to make you. The Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years and Jesus was there for forty days; many Israelites including Moses, Aaron and Miriam died in the wilderness, but Jesus came out stronger. Your attitude in the wilderness is what will determine the outcome.
Tough times never last my dear, but people with right attitudes do. And after the wilderness experience comes a fulfillment of every good word that God has spoken concerning you! Hallelujah!