And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
To the people of Israel, the wilderness was an eerie place that was inhabited by every hostile animal and beast imaginable, including demons. But here we see Jesus walking into the wilderness, a place you would least expect the Savior of the world to enter. And sure enough, Mark tells us that not only were there wild beasts in the wilderness, but Satan was also there. For forty days, our Lord Jesus confronted every possible hostile thing and temptation in that wilderness--and He emerged victorious.
It should be a great comfort for you to know that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you don't have to be afraid--of the wild beasts of the world, of temptation, or of the devil. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind." Knowing that Jesus took your place--not only in the wilderness, but on the cross--should make you so thankful. You no longer have to try to confront the enemy; Jesus Christ conquered that for you! Today, whatever you are facing, let Him fight for you, and stand victorious in His strength.
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