What did you go out in the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind? (Luke 7:24 NIV) As a child John the Baptist grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly in Israel. (Luke 1:80 NIV) Solitude with God in the desert was his school. He gained the lessons and experiences needed to verify his beliefs, listened to God’s voice, and became forthright to resist an unbelieving world and shun popularity for the cause of the kingdom. No, you didn’t go out to see a flimsy reed tossed and turned with every wind but a prophet who would prepare the way for the Lord who was coming to baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. What do you need to do to firm up your reed and prepare the way?
May I pray for you?
Lord make us strong! Help us to keep a tender heart but toughen our skin in the times coming that we will stand boldly for your truth. Help us to lean on you and not our own understanding-in all our ways to acknowledge you and you will make our paths straight. Amen