After Jesus was baptized and full of the Holy Spirit, He was let into the wilderness and tempted by the devil for forty days (Luke 4). Jesus was tempted three different ways: physical, emotional and psychological. Satan tries to lure us away from God and His plan for us the same way. So what can we learn from Jesus’ experience in the desert? Jesus’ security in the wilderness came from His identity as a child of God, not His human achievements. His earthly ministry didn’t begin until after His time in the desert, so Jesus’ was able to rest in who He was and whose He was, not what He had done. We need to remember that our identity is tied solely in who God says we are, not anything else. While we are stuck in the desert trying to fight against the enemy’s attacks, he is actually winning because we have become so distracted. This distraction leaves each one of us ineffective for the Kingdom. You and I can become so consumed with the situation we are in that we completely lose sight of God’s plan for our lives. When temptation comes knocking at our door, will we be like Jesus, pausing, reciting Truth and remembering what matters most?
If distraction doesn’t work, then the enemy can get you to question God’s purpose and plan for your life or whether there even is such a thing. So we need to trust completely in God’s plan.
In my Bible readings, I am simply amazed by the numerous people that did not think God would follow through with His plan or they didn’t like the plan and took matters into their own hands. In most instances, it doesn’t take long until they are forced to deal with the consequences of their “plan”.
It is so easy to be an armchair quarterback and point out where they fell short and the mistakes they made. However, if you and I were honest with ourselves, haven’t we done the same thing from time to time? We become impatient for an answer or direction and simply choose to plow ahead only to hit a brick wall and come carrying all the pieces back to God to fix.
It is imperative that we trust God with the plan. I encourage you to turn the wheel over to God – giving Him complete control and see what He has planned for you. I love how Lysa TerKeurst puts it in What Happens When Women Say Yes to God; “you never know how God will use you until you let Him” (72). Stop trying to come up with a Plan B, take God at His word and trust Him completely with the plan He has for you.