Guest Contributor
Slideshow image

Wednesday, February 24

Contributed by Jean Morris

Matthew 4:1-11

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness
to be tempted by the devil.”

After Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit of God led him into a wilderness where he was
tempted. After forty days and forty nights of fasting, deep reflection, and
prayer about his call, the Tempter showed up.
The Devil was sly and persistent. The temptations came over and over and
over. They struck at the very heart of Jesus’ relationship with God. He was
tempted to not rely on God’s provision. He was tempted to not rely on God’s
power. He was tempted to not trust God.
We face the same temptations to not trust God’s provision for what we need.
We are tempted to be less than God created us to be, to compromise our trust
in God’s provision and care for us. Lent is a time of intentional reflection and
prayer about our relationship with God and our trust in God’s provision for our
lives, the life of the Church, and the life of the world God loves.
An elder in a rural congregation dropped by the church building in January
2021. She wanted to check on things since it had been closed since March
15, 2020. She went into the sanctuary and noticed the list of hymns that were
still posted from their last worship service together. The final hymn the
congregation sang before being in the wilderness of the pandemic was God
will take care of you.

Loving God give us the faith to trust that you are leading us and loving us
through every wilderness. Amen.

Jean Morris is the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod. She serves on
the Board of Saint Andrew’s Hall and the Board of VST.