"At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil."Matthew 4:1-11
Our 6 weeks of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday in which we mark our foreheads with ashes to humble our hearts and to remind us that life passes away on Earth. In this 1st Sunday of Lent, we see Jesus being tempted for 40 days in the desert by the Holy Spirit.
Like any great spiritual leader before him, Jesus was tested by God in preparation for his ministry. However, unlike some who nearly bowed down to trials, Jesus showed us the perfect model for triumphing in testing.
You can expect to be tested as long as you are doing something for God - be it big or small. However, testing and trials are for our own good because we grow from it. It also makes us realise how much we need God's grace in our daily lives and temptations from the devil.
St Teresa of Avila once said, "We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials."
May we always remember to ask for God's strength in doing his work and to remember that everything we do is for his glory alone.