Into the Desert

Chapter and verse divisions are immensely helpful when trying to locate a given passage of Scripture. Other times they obscure the flow of the text. Take, for example, the following juxtaposition: “and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’ Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matt 3:17-4:1 ESV) When read together, these verses provide an amazing insight.

Sometimes you end up in the desert because of decisions you’ve made. Other times, God takes you there. And it has nothing to do with his feelings toward you. It’s actually because he loves you.