December 9

 Luke 3:4-6

“as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, ’The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”’”vs. 4

As the people of Israel prepared to return to Jerusalem from the years of captivity in Babylon the prophet Isaiah believed they would be led by the Lord in triumph. Every obstacle would be eliminated, every valley filled and every hill laid low. Luke remembered those words as he sought to make sense of John’s mission. In his estimation John wasn’t the messiah. He was the messenger or forerunner, the one who had been called to prepare the way. There’s an implication that Jesus could not even have begun his ministry without John having set the stage. In a sense that is so very true. Without John’s baptism Jesus would not have experienced his call! Those connections turn up frequently in our own experiences of faith and ministry. Most of us don’t come to faith on our own…we need other believers to prepare the way. Others water the ground and plant the seed, and we’re the ones who experience the harvest…and then we in turn prepare the way for others. Sometimes the interconnectedness is stunning…we never know who will be the one to open our eyes and connect all the faith dots. The most surprising people can have the greatest influence…and through them the Lord travels in triumph to bring salvation.

Thought for the Day: Who did God use to prepare my heart for faith?

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