behold, angels came and were ministering to him

Christ Served by the Angels, Jacques Stella, 1650

Christ Served by the Angels, Jacques Stella, 1650

‘Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.’
(Matthew 4:22)

After Jesus had resisted all of the devil’s temptations then the devil left him. The devil gave up! He would be back another day, but this shows us that if we can stand firm in God’s power then eventually the devil may retreat, and give us respite for a while at least.

And after the devil had left him, angels came and ministered to Jesus. The Bible doesn’t tell us how they ministered to him. But we can imagine. We can imagine how Jesus may have felt after 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness being tempted. Tired, hungry, dirty, thirsty, sad, lonely. And how the angels may have brought him water and food; loved him tenderly, washed him gently, even hugged him, shared kind words with him, and prepared for him a warm place to sleep.

We may not face such trials as 40 days in the wilderness; but we too have hard days and difficulties. Jesus wants to care for us, and may even send angels to minister to us. Take time to speak to Jesus when you feel sad, lonely, tired, or hurting. Give him room and space to love you and speak words into your heart.

As you lay down to sleep tonight think back over your day. Pray and talk to Jesus about the hardest moments when you felt sad, angry, tempted, or lonely. Then sit in his presence and see how he might comfort you.

About expectantlylistening

Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.
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2 Responses to behold, angels came and were ministering to him

  1. trishamugo says:

    This is such an encouraging word. Thanks Victoria.

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