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Love and God’s Smiling Face — Reflections on the Life of Jesus

I can’t help but think about the love Jesus brought everywhere He went. This story is the next segment of the devotional eBook I’m working on making my way through the Gospel narratives of his life. In case you are new to this blog, the book is titled “Come and See” and this particular chapter fits it to a T.

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8 – The Unveiling Begins


“Come and see.”

John 1:39a (NKJV)



 When Jesus First Showed Up

From the heights of glory

to the desert valley of human need

and to the river of our troubles

came our God.

In full stride,

in power and authority,

the Holy One from heaven not only came to us,

He stayed with us,

And will always be one of us.


John son of Zebedee …


One of my favorite memories of Jesus is the moment he turned around, looked at Andrew and me, and asked, “What do you want?”


His eyes held mine in that tiny span of time. This made my heart leap; he looked at Andrew the same way—expectant and glad.


Andrew and I glanced at each other, both of us tongue tied. I looked back at the Baptist, who stood on the other side of the stream, happily watching us. We’d just left his side to chase after the man he’d pointed out to us, for the second day in a row, saying, “Look, the Lamb of God.” We had no idea what he meant. We learned though, three years later, exactly what the prophet’s utterance involved. But, when first meeting Jesus, we knew nothing.


It felt like minutes passed after Jesus posed his simple question, though it took a little more than a second before I managed to blurt out, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”

First of all, he’d never taught anyone yet. I had no idea why I called him, “Rabbi.” But I would be his disciple and follow him anywhere if he’d have me.

I know it’s typical to ask what somebody wants when that person comes up to you directly. But Jesus’ question to us held more than that. It is his way with words and everything he does. With him, what seems typical or ordinary, never is. Of course, it’s taken me awhile to come to that.  No, with him, one needs to pay attention, ponder, and reflect. Otherwise you miss what he’s about and the wonders he manifests.


He knew how much I wanted to be with him that first day. He knew it more than I did. I was made to desire him, little did I know it then. The twinkle in his eye, the look on his face—he certainly knew it upon first sight of us. When he asked us what we wanted, he knew it was him, would always be him, forever.


He smiled, turned on his heel, and the words “Come and see” trailed playfully behind him.


He brought us to his place in the village where he was staying and where the three of us spent the rest of the day. He opened our eyes and hearts to Heaven and we were never the same.


The next day, Simon Peter joined us, and soon Philip and Nathanael—this was the beginning of the beginning. The Word of God had come to show his face to us. In his presence, we became our truest selves: made to know him and enjoy him.



Nathanael, a disciple of Jesus . . .


When the Lord appeared at the banks of the Jordan River, his heart was full of secrets he would soon reveal. But the most wondrous thing that he showed us—the greatest mystery of all he’d come to disclose, that most desired treasure—himself. The face of God humankind had always longed to see, suddenly appeared before us.

No one knew who Jesus was that day John the Baptizer introduced him to a couple of men, saying, “Behold , the Lamb of God . . .” He also called Jesus the “Bridegroom” who had come from Heaven.

John knew about Jesus because the Holy Spirit told him, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”

After Jesus’ testing time in the desert, he returned to the Jordan where he had been baptized forty days earlier. Upon seeing him then, the prophet John announced, “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God . . . He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” And, although no one knew what he meant, the veil between God and humankind began to fall away. Jesus came to let us clearly see God for the first time.

In fact, Lord Jesus saw me before I saw him.

He saw me while I was praying beneath a fig tree. But the strange thing is, he couldn’t have seen me with his physical eyes because I had been on the other side of town when he “saw” me.

Philip had come to my house and banged excitedly on my door, interrupting my time of prayer in the courtyard of my house, which was in a walled-in garden area with fruit trees.

I hadn’t seen Phillip in weeks, and now here he was at my door, his rapid, breathless words flying at me. “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

I shook my head. Was my friend out of his mind? “What?” I said, wrinkling up my entire face, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”

“Come and see.”

Philip took hold of my sleeve and dragged me out of my house and brought me directly to the man Jesus.

What I encountered upon first sight of the True and Living God will always remain a vivid memory. He said to me, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

Was he being sarcastic? I still don’t know.

I sized him up—surely he was not the one Philip took him for—he didn’t look like much. “How do you know me?” I asked him.

“I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

He grinned with the words, so full of divine knowing, so full of joy, so full of secrets, so beyond anything I could imagine or hope for…. In that instant I wanted to worship him.

With one sentence he turned my world upside down, or perhaps I should say right side up.


Oh, Heaven! That is the invitation into the mystery, the glory, and the wonder of our God.

Our hearts beat faster now. Our eyes see clearer now. God smiles on us, just as Jesus smiled at nearly everyone he met, including me. For truly, God himself had come to give his eternal blessing to those who would be his own.


“The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine upon you;

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”   Numbers 6:24-26, High Priestly Blessing


God wants to shine his face toward us—to smile at us. He gave this blessing to Moses to give to Aaron with which to bless his people. And when Jesus came, this became the most wonderful reality. Jesus came to shine the face of God upon us! This was the unveiling—the beginning—of God’s love and redemption made known.


What a wonder . . .


The Scriptures so intimately describe the day Jesus stepped into the public eye, ready to begin his ministry, ready to make himself known to the world. Immediately, he had followers. They were ordinary men, not the learned and educated. He welcomed them with joy.

“The next day John saw Jesus and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ . . .”

Let this moment come alive in your heart. If you were there, what would you have thought? You would have looked at the man being pointed out. Of course you would. You would have sized him up in your mind and heart. What is his demeanor like? What is he doing as you look at him? Why is he at the Jordan, returning there day after day? Was he watching John, listening? Waiting? He wasn’t right beside John, he was apart from him, but nearby.

When you see Jesus, you might think … He’s just like the rest of us. What is the meaning of the Baptist’s strange words, you wonder. You are a person who has grown up in the tradition of animal sacrifices. How many countless lambs have been offered up to God for the peoples’ sins over the many years? And, so, you ask, how can a person be a Lamb of God?

This name by which the Baptist called Jesus had tremendous significance—for it held the clue to the purpose for which the Son of God had come to earth. After the Passover meal with his disciples and the new covenant in his blood was established, this title would mean more to those who had heard John’s first announcement about Jesus as the Lamb of God.

Jesus was God’s own atoning sacrifice for sins—once and for all.

Today we have the benefit of hindsight. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit within us, giving us the revelation of John’s testimony about Jesus. Those at the Jordan that first day did not because it was just the beginning of God’s unveiling.

Scripture says that when Jesus returns, riding the clouds of heaven, the hem of his white robe will have been dipped in blood. On earth, during his reign in the Messianic Age, the lion and lamb will peacefully lie down together. No more blood, or pain, or sorrow. All this is a wonder, when we view God’s Larger Story. How we long for the days of Eden restored. How deeply our souls long for the fullness of intimacy with God to be ours again.

John the Baptist testified about Jesus’ identity and directed the people to behold him. Just like Jesus’ first disciples, we want to follow him and be with him. Jesus invites each of us to daily “Come and see.”



Just imagine . . .  


Do you see Jesus excited and delighted to be with John and Andrew? Can you imagine them sitting with Jesus all afternoon and evening, maybe late into the night, conversing with him? What things do you think they talked about? Afterwards, Andrew went to his brother, Simon, and said, “We have found the Messiah.” Andrew’s response after one day with Jesus was that he believed he was the long-awaited Hope of Israel. He couldn’t wait to bring his brother, Simon Peter, to him.

Try to imagine these events and enjoy the experience. Can you see their enamored faces? Can you see Jesus talking with his hands, using Scriptures to draw their hearts in? Can you imagine Jesus facial expressions, his voice, his intense feelings, his laughter? This was the first time God spoke about himself face to face as humans do, about himself and what he wanted to do on earth.

How is it these two men so quickly hoped he was the Messiah? Jesus refrained from personally disclosing this until much later, and when he did tell his disciples, he told them it was a secret they must keep until he was ready to send the Holy Spirit. He told only one person he was the Messiah, and her story is coming up soon.



Journal Exercise . . .


What was it like the time you first met Jesus? Sometimes we come to know Him as a process of experiences and learning, but is there one time that stands out when you can say you saw him “face to face” and it felt amazing? Relive it in your memory and describe the experience in your journal. Invite Jesus to share this memory with you. What do you think it was like for Him? Ask Him.

What do you think it will be like when you see Jesus for the first time in heaven? Will you feel “familiar” towards him, because you’ve known him already? Will you be afraid, falling at his feet, overcome by his glory? Knowing him, what do you think he’ll want your shared first face to face experience to be like? Food for thought and prayer.


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What story might an angel tell us? (An excerpt from COME AND SEE)

This is an excerpt from the eBook I’m working on. For those of you reading each week, I’m making my way through the Gospel narratives of Jesus’ life. This is the next chronological event and is based on the truth of the Scriptures. It’s an imaginative, artistic rendering of Jesus to, hopefully, inspire hearts, and help us to apprehend new perspective to things we’ve heard over and over.

Let the wonder and majesty of Jesus’ life, His coming to us, take hold more deeply and truly in our hearts and minds.

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7 – Triumph in the Desert


“If you are the Son of God . . .”

Luke 4:3b


An angel of God, personal guardian of Jesus . . .


It mystified us when the Most High forsook his almighty power, glory, beauty and majesty. It’s impossible to describe this thing he did.  Our Maker, while human, knew we were near, even though he did not see us or converse with us, nor did he ask us directly for anything. He could have.

The fact that he needed us to protect him?—this was unthinkable.

He became lower than us, his created angelic host who worship him continually. He emptied himself to be like those he had created and whom he loved to the point of foolishness. Love that is so strong it makes one act crazy.

I say this because it’s true. The whole affair astounded us . . . how Jesus held his true glory, within, hidden in a way even from himself.

Even by human standards, for thirty years, he remained ordinary. Except for the last three years of his life, he did little to cause anyone to take notice of him. He gave new meaning to the word humble.

Not privy to his plans, short term or long, he continued to baffle us; we adored him more and more for what we watched him do. He lived a good, beautiful life—in a large family. But we wondered if he would live this way forever. We missed him as our Sovereign—and we wanted so much to be seen and known by him—like before.

I remember the day the Spirit led him into the wilderness of Judea’s harshest terrain. The scene went like this:


I kept right in step with my Lord, but questioned his behavior and said so when Michael joined us. This was after Jesus had trekked up most of a small mountain.

Michael was still in awe of Jesus’ baptism. It had profoundly touched all of us. I had passed from ecstatic rejoicing to worry, because I watched him head directly into the wild and without sufficient clothing … no food, water … how would he manage out here? What was he thinking? Why now?

I blurted out to Michael that this was the first time Jesus had put himself in imminent danger.

I continued my questioning aloud: “Will he rely on supernatural powers against the elements, wild animals, lack of food? He appointed me to guard him, but this— ”

“He is being driven out here by the Holy Spirit,” Michael interrupted. “There was a meeting in heaven.”

I waited to hear more.

“Lucifer came. He had his strongest ones with him. They came to settle something with the Most High. It could have been war again.”

“And?” I felt uneasy.

“Jesus will meet Lucifer—out here some place,” Michael said.

I shook my head at the news. “I won’t let Lucifer anywhere near him.”

“We will allow it,” Michael said. “We have to. Jesus is to be tested—as a man of faith.”

I gazed at the back of Jesus as he climbed, then glanced at Michael. “Of faith? We are talking about our Maker.”

Michael explained, “Think about it. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Joseph, David—spiritual testing precedes spiritual greatness. Adam and Eve failed. As their offspring, their ‘seed,’ Jesus must not fail. The children of Israel also failed their test in the wilderness, but Jesus cannot.”

I grew more nervous.

“Jesus must overcome the power of sin. Our fallen brother, Satan, he will be here—and he’ll wait until Jesus is weak.”

Moving away from Michael to follow closer behind my Lord, I called back: “Jesus was, is, and will always be, holy! What do you mean by ‘weak?””

“Let’s stay close to him,” Michael said. “I don’t know what to expect.”

I realized that the desert would now become the testing ground for Jesus, just as it had been for Israel during their sojourn in the wilderness. They had failed in the desert—failed miserably. I couldn’t imagine Jesus failing at anything. Certainly, he would be faithful like David—who lived years in this same harsh wilderness while Saul sought to kill him. But, what if he did fail? What would happen then?

Michael guessed my thoughts. “He knows what he is doing.” Then he touched me, adding, “There is something more.”

“What?” I was thankful for Michael’s encouragement, but what else did he have to tell me?

“We can do nothing to help him during his testing.”

I remembered when the Lord had told us in heaven that there would come a time in his earthly life when we would want to step in and help him. He made us promise to be obedient and let things happen.

“Is this the time about which he warned us?” I voiced to Michael.

He shrugged. God had left this hidden from us. Why, we couldn’t imagine.


On the fortieth day of Jesus’ fast and stay in the desolate land, Lucifer came. I sensed his approach from behind. Jesus was seated on a flat shelf of rock that was warm from the morning sun. Jesus had shivered in the desert cold all night long.

“Who do we have here?”  Lucifer addressed me first, but his eyes were fixed on Jesus. Jesus couldn’t hear him, of course.

“God, the Son? Quite a transformation! Why . . .  this is too good to be true!”

My fallen brother laughed an evil laugh and I moved closer to Jesus.

He continued his one-sided dialogue with me. “It is interesting seeing His Holiness now a creature of earth. Amazing.”

I couldn’t speak. I wanted to fight.

“Step aside,” Lucifer demanded of me. He knew I could do nothing. Michael stepped up beside me.

Lucifer shook his head at us, gloating with a crooked smile. “Watch me, if you want. I’m about to let him know I’m here.”

At that moment, Jesus bent over folded arms to hold his stomach. His face held pain.  He searched the ground and found two round rocks with his eyes. They resembled round loaves of bread.  He rose up and went to them, picked them both up and returned to sit,  placing one on his lap and the other beside him.

Lucifer leaned close to his ear and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.

Jesus looked up with a startled expression.

He threw the rocks to the ground and said out loud, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!’”

I was beside myself. I began to pace around Lucifer and Jesus in a wide circle, close enough to see everything, far enough to obey orders. Michael called to me, “Get back! Leave them.”

Lucifer grinned at us, shaking his head.

I called back to Michael, “I can’t—not now!”

Lucifer looked at me with such arrogance I nearly sprang at him. He said, “I think I’ll share a few words with him in person now.” He laughed again and said, “Fool, he doesn’t even know you exist. He can’t even see you.”

It was a cruel blow, for Lucifer managed to hit on the one thing I longed for the most.

“He chose me to be his closest companion and protector.”

“Yes, he needs one of those,” Lucifer mocked.

Jesus must have sensed Satan’s presence near him. He went from sitting to kneeling and bowed his head in prayer.

“He knows I’m here. I might as well let him see me.”

Immediately, Lucifer, the Satan of evil, appeared to Jesus in the form of a handsome man—a man with the look of power and authority. And, for a moment or two, it seemed as if Jesus knelt in front of Satan until, seeing him, Jesus stood.

Now, face-to-face, Satan laughed at Jesus.

In response, Jesus peered back into cold eyes. He did not appear frightened or even unnerved by the evil one.

Satan looked away from him and stepped back. Dressed as a Jewish man of affluence, with hands on hips, he said, “Son of Man, I have something to show you.”

In an instant, they both disappeared.

I gasped.  “They are gone! Michael!” I called out. “Michael!”

After a lightning speed flight to heaven, the Most High informed us where we could find him—in Jerusalem at the temple.

Arriving there, we saw them close to the edge at the top of the temple’s pinnacle.

Satan waved at us and grinned.

We hovered in mid-air, ready to do whatever we might be forced to do.

“Why don’t you jump?” He said to Jesus. “Prove who you are.”

Jesus shook his head.

“Your guardians are here to catch you.”

Jesus’ eyes scanned the temple courts below. We knew how very much he loved the temple.

Satan put an arm around him and Jesus looked back at him. In a voice loud enough for us to hear him, Lucifer said, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone!’”

Michael and I looked at each other with fright. Twice now, Satan had questioned Jesus regarding his identity.

It was just like Lucifer to come up with something as crafty and demeaning as this! The temple had been built for the glory of God; it was his dwelling place. But God dwelt now in the body of Jesus. To think that Satan would bring him here to demean and destroy him . . . we were outraged.

But we had no need to worry. Within moments, Jesus turned and looked directly at Satan and said, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

We sighed with relief. Again, Satan took him away in an instant. This time, we did not follow, but we could see into the dimension where they’d gone. It was outside of time and space, but it was a real place nonetheless.

Satan took Jesus to a mountaintop, high above the earth itself. This dramatic ploy was Satan’s best. He offered Jesus the easy way to reclaim what he’d come for. Projecting a vision, Satan declared: “All this I will give you.” Before Jesus’ eyes appeared all the kingdoms of the world: past, present, and future. Jesus seemed transfixed at the sight of these things … at everything the world had to offer, its splendor, its beauty and its power. When Satan ended the vision, he waited a few moments to let its impact sink in. Jesus seemed pensive.

Lucifer bent his head closer and, for the first time, looked Jesus in the eyes.  “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.”

With a repulsive expression on his face and in an angry voice, the likes of which none of us had ever heard from him, he commanded, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

As if lightning had struck, Satan disappeared in a flash. And, just like that, we were all three back in the desert. Jesus, Michael, and me.

Face down and semi-conscious on the hard, dusty ground, at the place where Satan had first appeared, Jesus lay, and I was seated beside him. I gently turned the inert body over, laying Jesus’ shoulders and head on my lap. Looking down at his sleeping face, utter adoration filled me. I was in the form of a man, like him, and I was visible and present, as was Michael, who towered above us—standing guard I think.

I realized then that my deepest desires had just been granted me by the Most High in heaven. He let me to appear to Jesus to more properly strengthen him. The Holy Spirit’s presence was tangible in this place and I heard the Most High’s thoughts: “My son has all of Heaven’s power and authority at his disposal. Nothing will be withheld from him.”

When Jesus awoke, he looked into my eyes. At first, he seemed frightened. He tensed. I knew he must think I was Satan, about to pull some new temptation on him.

I calmed him. “My Lord, Satan is gone.”

Jesus relaxed and closed his eyes. A smile spread across his face. He grimaced as a trickle of blood oozed from a new crack in his lips. I touched and healed it.

Jesus opened his eyes again. Mine was a gaze was worship. I whispered, “Do you know me?”

“He said my name then.” He said it softly with love.

“Yes. Oh, my Lord, you know me.” My heart overflowed with adoration for him.

We lingered this way awhile—Jesus’ head cradled in my lap. Michael brought a crystal cup of water, which he handed to Jesus. Other angels came with Heaven’s bread, like the bread that we’d once given to Elijah. Then we brought Jesus to a small waterfall in the mountains. It was a sheltered place near the Salt Sea. Here, in restful hiding, King David had written inspired praise songs when King Saul had sought to kill him. In the harshness of the desert, this refreshing place had provided Heaven’s help to Israel’s kings.

We stayed with Jesus and ministered to him until he was strong enough to return to the Jordan River. Whatever he was going to accomplish, we were certain he was in full command, even though he seemed weak.



Just imagine  . . .


“If you are . . .”

Satan put this question to Jesus about his identity. Was it a matter yet to be proved, even to Jesus himself?

The first of three tests: “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

There’s something familiar about this—they are similar to the words: “Eat the fruit of the tree, then you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” First Eve and then Adam had done so. They had failed their test and eaten. Here, now, was Jesus to redeem everything lost to Satan from that first act of sin.

Jesus replied to Satan that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. And he did not succumb to his own desires but waited in obedience to his Father.


From Heaven’s perspective, it was a big day.  Imagine, as if you were there, what it might have been like. Can you picture it?


“Did you see that? My son, my son, he is obedient unto death!” God the Father exclaimed to everyone in heaven. “He will not fail in his mission. Truly, my son, he is the Bread of Life!”

Atop the pinnacle of the temple, the second test came after translating Jesus there.

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

A trumpet sounded with Elohim’s shout of happiness. “My son, my son! Did you see that, you angels, did you hear what he said? Although he has humbled himself and lives by faith, as do all men on the earth, yet he knows who he is! He cares not for the opinion of others, but for mine alone. He will save all the fallen! Do you see my son? He is one in my Spirit, whose goodness, beauty, and glory fills my temple!”


And then the third test came. The devil took Jesus, within or outside of the dimension of time and place isn’t known, but he brought Jesus to the summit of a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.”

It was actually his to give.

Now this was perhaps the hardest of all three tests. How very tempting to bypass all the work, the pain, to bypass the torturous cross! How easily Jesus could gain what he’d come to reclaim. But there was not a moment’s hesitation and his tone held utmost authority when he gave the command: “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

And his heavenly Father sang in triumph a wondrous blessing upon his son, “You hold all power and authority both of heaven and earth. You, my son, are my voice, my hands, my heart! Go and win human inheritance back from the Prince of darkness!”


After the devil left Jesus, angels came to revive him. They gave him heavenly bread to eat. They soothed his weary soul and told him that his Father was pleased, and that he held all authority of heaven and earth in his hands. Isn’t that amazing?


What a wonder . . .

 Isn’t it incredible to consider that Jesus was tested like we are? That is how very far God came to reach out to take us by the hand, to lead us safely home. He put himself in harm’s way, to suffer just as we suffer, to be tried, just as we are. And, in him, we triumph against the evil that comes against us.

It’s really a wonder that Jesus had to go through a time of testing at all. God doesn’t enjoy the deserts any more than we do. He’d prefer to spend time with us in the Edens of our love with him. But in the times of the desert, our love is proven and made strong—just as it was for Jesus.

The Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit led Jesus to go there. It was so hard for him that angels were sent to minister to him after his ordeal. Jesus is the hero of heroes.

Heaven and angels, the unseen world, the spiritual world, existed before our world. And on this dramatic stage, we must realize that this is all very real. God is telling an amazing story, one we are caught up in; one day we will see King Jesus, and he will sit on a real throne.

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

Now and then people have been allowed to catch glimpses of the unseen world. Throughout the Scriptures there are some who have seen and described heaven, God’s throne, the witnesses in heaven, the city, even the Lord himself. God has created a domain that includes myriads of angels, and they exist in a kind of hierarchy with specific duties and purposes. His glory and majesty is a subject of their awe and wonder.

But to think Jesus gave up so much—to show us his love—won’t it be thrilling to see him in glory with his angels?
Journal Exercise . . .


We are ever reaching. We must discover who we are in God and our hearts ask, “Who am I? Why am I here?” These questions recur over and over in our lives. Also, we experience temptations that try to draw us away from God even in our searching.

Record in your journal what you have learned and experienced while pondering Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Look back to times when you’ve experienced temptations, or times when you felt God let you fall through his fingers. Sometimes we live long enough to become thankful for those times. Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of it and cannot see clearly at all. Can you find a truth in Scripture to get you through the ordeal? Can you trust in God’s heart, even though you cannot see what his hand is doing—and he seems so far from you? In these times of testing and proving, we become just like Jesus. And, be aware, we are never alone. Angels are beside you and here to help and the Holy Spirit is inside of you.



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