Jesus in Wilderness: Spending Alone Time with God, in God’s Creation
“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”~Luke 5:16 (NASB)
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness.” Luke 4:1
Yesterday’s devotion showed that Jesus, even fully connected to God, would often slip away to be with the Father and pray. Since Jesus needed it, then so do we.
Some of the alone places that Jesus would slip away to were wilderness. There is an awe and wonder in the wilderness. Sunrise and sunset play colors across the sky and ground. Seasons change the landscape; at this time of year the Fall foliage is on display. In the night sky (away from cities), similar to what men could see throughout most of human history, we can see the stars rotate around the North Star (and today on a clear, dry night we can also see modern satellites as they orbit the earth). From the sereness of a rainbow to the majesty of a waterfall to the joyful song of birds in Spring, God’s creation is around for us both for enjoyment, contemplation, and wonder.
Some have said that while Europe has its cathedrals, America has its National Parks. After camping in Yosemite, Teddy Roosevelt remarked: “It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man.” John Muir, wrote over a century ago in 1900, ““Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
In nature, we see that the universe is much larger than just ourselves and our own problems.
Today’s Training: When in the wilderness with God, we can learn the true meaning of “awesome”. Where do you find solitude? Even with the human needs pressing around Him, Jesus slipped away, often to the wilderness, to sojourn and recharge. We can learn from this secret of Jesus’ life during his time here on Earth.