The wilderness does not have to be wasted time

wildernessdryI was reading the first chapter of Luke and verse 80 jumped out at me.  In talking about John the Baptist, it says, “So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the wilderness until he began his public ministry.”

Most of the time, I consider “the wilderness” synonymous with wasted time – a time of wandering.  But the Scriptures remind me that all who wander are not lost.  John was exactly where he was supposed to be.

How do I know the wilderness was where John was supposed to be?  Because Luke 3:2 says the word of God came to John in the wilderness.  While the word of God could have come to John anywhere, I am confident that John’s time in the wilderness was necessary for him to receive what God had for him.

If you ever feel depressed or feel like you are wandering, keep the faith and keep believing that God is doing something.  It is a great gift to still believe in spite of whatever it is that would serve as a stumbling block to most other people.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. ~ Isaiah 43:19



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