“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, AND WAS IN THE DESERTS till the day of his shewing” (Luke 1:80).
Moreover than not, when you and I think about John the Baptist we tend to think about the fact that he was filled with the Holy Ghost (from his mother’s womb at that). We think of his powerful preaching. We think of his willingness to stand against the religious leaders of the day. We think of John as being the one who was given the privilege to baptize Jesus and pave the way for His coming. When we think of John the Baptist, we tend to think of his willingness to confront political leaders of their sin.
I wonder how he would have reacted to this most recent Election season? 🙂
I am going to guess, if we are honest, most would have to admit that we don’t think much of John’s years in the desert. We don’t tend to dwell much on John’s wandering in the wilderness. By the way, he spent much more time in the desert getting to know His God than in his public ministry. John’s time in the deserts of Judah aren’t exactly our idea of a fruitful and fulfilling ministry. But that’s where the power found it’s source!
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. … But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength …” Isaiah 40:29-31
Time alone in the desert with God is never wasted time!
Many a man would love to minister in the power of God, as John the Baptist did, but few are they that are willing to linger in the deserts with God as John the Baptist did!