By Mark Shields
The book of Mark is a written document of what Peter had been preaching. Reading in Mark 1:1-13, John the Baptist is the messenger preparing the way for the Lord. He appeared in the wilderness preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (v. 4).
Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River and just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove (v. 10). Then Jesus is subjected to the harsh environment of the wilderness, being tempted by Satan for forty days.
Knowing that Jesus underwent this prolonged experience in utter loneliness helps us. It teaches us the lesson to be patient, keep praying, and keep taking in God’s Word. His Word is food for our soul to meet our needs. This resource of God stays securely with us forever to help step ahead now and into the everlasting future.
Lord we pray for patience as we face our difficulties. We keep on praying, taking in Your Word, and stepping ahead knowing that You are with us now and forever. Amen.