Mark 1: 1-3
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.'”
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
God sent a messenger ahead to prepare the people’s hearts and minds for receiving His Son Jesus. This messenger was John the Baptist. John had no desire to “fit in” but was there to do his job, calling the people to prepare and make their paths straight.
Which story do you see yourself best fitting in during this season of your life? Are you the voice in the wilderness preparing the way? Or are you being tested and tempted in the wilderness? Either way rest assured that you are not alone and that the Father above is watching over you and protecting you. Each of us has probably found ourselves in both situations from time to time.
Lord, thank you for your word and how it speaks to us, guiding and directing us to your truth. Help us to use the resources that you have provided to strengthen our faith and keep us firmly planted in you. Lord thank you for your blessings and help us through our testings. Amen