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BETWEEN ANIMALS AND ANGELS

"And he was...with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him" (Mark 1:13)

 

During those forty days of fasting Jesus was alone but certainly not lonely. His Father promised to never leave him. He was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness (vs 12) so he enjoyed spiritual accompaniment. No believer has to fight life's battles alone. And the text says he was "tempted by Satan" so there was external opposition. Plus, jackals, wild dogs and perhaps lions howled and prowled through the night. He walked alone; I don't believe He walked afraid. The topper is that "angels ministered to him". On one side wild animals, on the other, angels. The beasts were probably no threat. They knew Him as master and probably laid down before Him to make fur and feather pillows like the lions in Daniel's lions' den. But we don't know that for sure. Being "there" with the wild beasts teaches that Jesus too dealt with the anxieties caused by things that go bump in the night. We assume He slept well for if he could sleep in the hinder part of a ship during a Galilean sea squall surely a few barking stray dogs weren't going to interfere with his rest.

 

Wild beasts may surround you. David penned, "My soul is among lions..." (Psalm 57:4) Rabies and distemper can affect the water supply at work, you know. We have met plenty of educated animals with razor sharp bicuspids as well. Jesus' weeks among the wild beasts were a testing time. It may be that God has you planted where you are for a season to build patience or the trust factor. You may have even been bitten a time or two. Be encouraged, you will not be there forever but even if the stay in the wilderness is prolonged, you can turn the wilds into worship with a good attitude. Angels are present. You may not see them, sense them or even believe in them, but they believe in you - "...their angels always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 18:10).

 

Along with the growls there is guardianship. The fiercest lion, the tempter, is no match for these heavenly warriors. Jesus returned to Nazareth from the wilderness "in the power of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14). Boot camp builds spiritual biceps but there is a coming out time when those muscles can be used. It is in the nitty-gritty that we increase personal grit. When the real storms come those few weeks among the wild cats will seem a catwalk in comparison but they will have equipped you with the courage needed for the true battle. You will know, even though the eyes have to look by faith that along with the animals there will always be the angels. You are never...never alone.


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