I have found this chain of events to be somewhat interesting… Do know, however, that this conclusion is purely opinion. I have no idea if this is true or not…
Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; and Luke 3:21-22 all detail Jesus’ baptism.
It was a pretty big deal. Every account details the event, explaining that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus during that time… there was also a voice from heaven (God…) that told Him “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”.
I would go ahead and classify that as a pretty big spiritual moment… wouldn’t you? The Holy Spirit and God both doing work. Seems like a sweet deal. Such a great spiritual mountain top moment…
But what happens next?
Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:12-13; and Luke 4:1
“The Spirit immediately drove Him out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.” Mark 1:12-13
Right after a “mountain top” encounter with God, where does Jesus go? The wilderness. To do what? Be tempted by Satan.
If you ask me, I feel like that may have some significance.
Is it possible that most often, right after a breakthrough with God, we are tested immediately?
Maybe there is a reason that the fire doesn’t last for so many of us… right after having our Spirit set on fire for God through whatever it may be… Church camp… Salvation… a sermon… etc…
Right after that huge moment with God… our passion is gone.
Could it be that the fire is quenched so quickly because we get tested right away?
So what did Jesus do to prepare Himself? He prayed and fasted.
Maybe we should prepare like that. So when the dip comes. When the mountain top ends… we are ready.
Because I think most often… as soon as we hit the very peak of a certain mountain top with God… it will come down really fast. There aren’t too many massive mountains that I know of that slope down gently… most are extremely steep.
The view may be great from the top. But the decent will be quicker than you realize.