Immediately the Spirit brought (sent) Him out into the wilderness. – Mark 1:12
Tha Sun be in tha wilderness fer forty days.
Forty days be long spell ter go without food and water. Forty days be long spell ter go without spying another feller or lass who ‘ill offer a kind word and bite ter eat. After forty days a feller might think Skip give up on him, but Skip ne’er gives up on us.
Ter be sure, we kin give up Skip and harden our hearts ter tha place whar we no longer hear his voice or feel his touch, but he be calling ter us ‘ill tha very end, of this ya kin be sure.
When folks seen that Moses be so long in coming down from tha mountain, they said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” After they fashioned themselves a whole passel of little gods, them folks rose early tha next day and sacrificed burnt offerings ter thar tiny gods. Afterward they sat down ter eat and drink and ter indulge in revelry. That be when Skipper said ter Moses, “You best go down because your people have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them.” (Exodus 32:1-8)
How long ya willing ter wait on Skip? Four days, forty days? For ever?
With Skipper forty days often be a time of testing, a time of cleansing, a time of transition.
- When Skipper destroyed the earth with water, he caused it ter rain forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:12).
- Tha twelve spies took forty days ter spy out Skip’s Promised Land (Numbers 13:25).
- Goliath taunted Saul’s army fer forty days ‘fore David showed up ter slay tha big feller (1 Samuel 17:16).
- When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
- After tha Sun rose from tha grave, he stuck around forty days ‘fore going up in ter heaven (Acts 1:3).
In ever case, after forty days a thing be altered: purification (tha flood), eradication (little god worshippers), jubilation (fer two of them spies), liberation (death of Goliath), examination (Elijah), translation (tha Sun ter his heavenly throne).
If ya be in a desert wilderness, examine yer circumstances ter see what Skip be trying ter alter. Doth ya need ter be made pure, get shed of a thing, find joy in tough circumstances, be set free of a giant, reflect on yer relationship with Skip, or be transitioning in ter a new role?
Skipper ne’er waste a day on ya. If ya be on tha back side of life, thar be a reason. Look up, look about, and ask Skip ter show ya how come ya be out in tha wild. In time, he will, ya may lay ter that.