Journey Through the Wild

There was a popular book called “The Things They Carried” about a bunch of soldiers in Vietnam and what they carried. Bibles, letters, snacks, things that might come in handy. Things that reminded them that they were loved. Things that grounded them.

In Luke 4, we read a familiar Lenten passage about Jesus being tempted. Jesus is in a tough situation, journeying in the wilderness. He’s hungry and alone, in a desolate place. He’s already been tempted once, and the temptations just keep coming. Here, when he needs guidance,
Jesus reaches inside himself and finds Scripture. It’s something he carried in him, something that grounded him. Jesus rejects the devil’s offer of unlimited power by quoting from the book of Deuteronomy.

Do you carry Scripture inside of you? How might Scripture ground you when you find yourself in the wilderness? Whenever you find yourself journeying through a wilderness, struggling with temptation, with weakness, fearful of the shadows in your heart, remember the words of Paul:

“I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.” Romans 8:38-39