Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting 20 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 

Jesus Answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “Throw yourself down for it is written:

“He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone?

Jesus answered him “It is also written ‘do not put the Lord your God to the test’”

Again, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  “All this I will give you.” The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me.” 

Jesus said to him,  “Away from me, Satan. For it is written:  Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.   Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

So many people are in their own desert or wilderness today with being locked at home. It is hard for many. As I looked at Jesus he intentionally went to the dessert or wilderness to pray and listen to the Lord. He had no nice bed to sleep in, no food to eat, no chair to sit in, no radio, TV, phone, electronic devices, only Jesus, The Holy Spirit and the Father.

For me several things have happened during this separation time. I am thankful for so many simple things I have like a bed and pillow, food in my freezer, friends and family who call. I am finally finding some time to go through things and get rid of things and make stacks of things to donate. It has also given me time to reflect and pray and spend more time in God’s word and listening to him.

With our world in turmoil and difficulties for many all around, we pray that our family and friends will be safe. We pray for our leaders that they will look to the needs of the people and work with the medical community to make things better. We pray for our church leaders to lead in a safe and godly way during this time. We pray for people who are on the front lines with those with Corvid-19 to stay well. We pray that medical equipment will be available for all those in need. We pray for wisdom for our president, governors and other leaders to help us through this time. We pray for the scientific community to find something to help with Covid-19—something to help build immunity in people, a vaccine, some medication that can help with the devastating effects of the virus.

Just as Jesus was tempted, many of us are also tempted in many ways during this time, feeling lonely and sad when we have Jesus our Savior to go to and have fellowship with the Lord. We are tempted to complain instead of thanking the Lord for the blessings we have. We tend to worry about the disease, about our economic outlooks, about our family. Jesus said that we can trust in him and he will lead us.

We pray that through this people will turn to the Lord Jesus and look to him for Strength, endurance, faith, peace. May the Lord bless you all.

Ellen Woodruff
King of Kings Lutheran Church member