At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,
and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.
He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Mark 1:12-13 

Do you realize this verse immediately follows Jesus baptism?  He is on earth, doing the will of his father, is baptized and the voice from heaven says something like “You are my son in whom I am well pleased.” And “at once” he is sent into the wilderness. 

Hm…how many times in my life are things going well, I think I’ve got it under control (that “I’ve got it” might be part of the problem) and things begin to fall apart?  Things begin to look not so pretty.  Not so manageable.  Not so nice.  In fact, it looks rather messy. 

The future isn’t something I can control.  It is kind of like a wilderness.  Satan is out there…waiting to tempt me.  One of the biggest temptations I face in my personal life is borrowing trouble from tomorrow.  We are told…

No test or temptation that comes your way
 is beyond the course of what others have had to face.
All you need to remember is that God will never let you down;
he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit;
he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
I Corinthians 10:13

He’s got it.  He can handle it.  Sarah Young writes in Jesus Calling, February 26, page 59

“Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret. 
When you try to figure out the future,
you are grasping at things that are Mine. 
This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion:
doubting My promises to care for you.”

I have enough trouble with today, Lord.  Please help me not to borrow trouble from tomorrow.  Not to be tempted to wander into the wilderness of tomorrow and the troubles that await me there.  Please help me bask in the glory and goodness of today.  Help me to see the troubles that await me today as gifts from you.  Gifts that you will demonstrate your love for me to me.

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