Endurance for the Journey, Fear, Featured, Hope
At once the Spirit sent Him out into the desert,
and He was in the desert forty days,
being tempted by Satan.
He was with the wild animals,
and angels attended Him.
MARK 1:12-13 (NIV)
We usually notice the first part of verse 13 – the threatening, dark part: Jesus “was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan.” But the last part of this verse (“He was with the wild animals, and angels attended Him”) can slip by us without notice. In Jesus’s day many wild animals prowled in this land, but God kept Jesus safe by sending angels to guard Him, just as the Israelites had been guarded in the desert by angelic hosts (Exodus 23:20, 23; 32:34).
When we feel alone, vulnerable or endangered, it is comforting to know that spiritual realities exist beyond our immediate experience. Though we may not sense or feel God’s presence, He is with us. One of the ways He is present is through sending angels to “guard us in our ways” (Psalm 91:11,12). So even it you are feeling all alone, don’t count on it – for “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him: (Psalm 34:7).
Therefore, angels are only servants –
spirits sent to care for people
who will inherit salvation.
HEBREWS 1:14 (NLT)
On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky