Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan river and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, being (tested) by Satan.
I was never fond of them in school. Some individuals love taking tests; on the other hand, many do not. However, testing is necessary. What is the purpose of a test in school? Simply put, it is an assessment intended to measure the knowledge, skill and aptitude on a particular subject.
With that picture in mind, it is important to remember that testing is a part of life here on earth. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” we will endure a test. As a Child of God, rest assured, He will lead you into periods of testing in the deserts of life. He lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the desert for 40-years before crossing over into the Promised Land; He led Jesus into the desert to be tested by Satan for forty days and forty nights before beginning His 3-year ministry; He led the disciples into the desert of persecution as they launched the first century church; and He led Saul (the Apostle Paul) into the desert after His conversion to prepare him for what He called him to do.
Testing is inevitable!
I’m not sure what “Test” you are currently having to endure at this moment in life: an illness, job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one, broken relationships, or just a dry and barren desert place in life. However, I do know that you’re not alone. God is walking “through” the valley of the shadow of death with you during your time of testing. He led you to it and He will see you through it. He will never leave you. He will never falter you. He will never fail you. All He asks is that you trust Him. Abide with Him. Obey Him. Listen to Him. As the saying goes: “He’s got you!”
The difference between school and life is this: In school we’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, we’re given a test that teaches us a lesson.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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