A lot of people believe that when you become a God-follower everything in life gets rosy. You become healthy and wealthy and all of life’s troubles get put on hold. There are some churches that even teach that kind of thought process.
I find it interesting that when we look at the life of Jesus, for some reason, his life was not a cake walk. I mean Jesus was the ultimate God-follower and following God led him to be crucified! When it comes to wealth, the Bible says that Jesus didn’t even have a place to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20)
Consider this episode in the life of Jesus. Jesus gets baptized and the voice of God thunders from heaven, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” (Mark 1:11) God gives his ultimate stamp of approval. Life doesn’t get any better than that. You would think Jesus would now begin his fairy tale life.
But look at what happens immediately after Jesus was baptized. “The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days.” (Mark 1:12-13)
That can’t be right! God just placed his stamp of approval on Jesus. Jesus should go have some nice lamb chops for dinner. He should go have a party with his disciples. He should go turn some water into wine! Doesn’t happen.
Jesus finds himself in the wilderness. Jesus finds himself with nothing to eat. Jesus finds himself face to face with Satan.
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? You decided to follow God and then you found out you had cancer. You decided to follow God and three months later your spouse told you they don’t love you anymore. You decided to follow God and you still didn’t have enough money to pay your bills.
Some people would tell you that you need to have more faith. Others would tell you that you’re not trying hard enough. Still others would ask you what sin in your life is causing all this bad stuff to happen.
If you’re a God-follower and you have some tough situations you are facing in life, you know what I think is your problem? You’re like Jesus. And do you know where God is when you find yourself, like Jesus, in the wilderness? The same place God was when Jesus was in the wilderness—he is right there with you.
God doesn’t promise to eliminate every storm in your life but he does promise to be with you in the midst of every storm.