“A voice of one calling:
“In the desert prepare the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.”
Like Isaiah we await the coming of our Lord. However for us it is His second coming in all His glory, majesty and power. Nevertheless we too are to be involved in preparing the way for Him – not only in our own lives but in the life and lives of those around us.
The people of today may appear to be luke-warm, uncaring or unbelieving. We need to ensure that we do not become casual about God ourselves. He is still the Almighty God, the Maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is seen and unseen. And one day, as the prophet reminds us,
“the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5)
A great danger for us today is that we can forget what God is like. So rather than “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10) we subject Him to our scrutiny, limit Him to our understanding and submerge Him beneath our fears and concerns.
I was reminded of this recently when looking at one of my fuchsia plants that had been taken by the frost. It looked very desolate and dead. However I knew from experience that when spring arrived and I scratched the bottom of the stem I would find that it was still green. New growth would soon appear, followed by buds and lovely dancing ballerina flowers.
Our stem – the Vine that is Christ – is very much alive, well and in control. His life is there waiting to flow with renewed vigour, vitality and victory into those who have remained faithful and close to Him.
Pray for a new blessing of the Holy Spirit in your life and faith.
Lord God, in the midst of the winter of faith around me please create in me a new Spring of Your Love, Light and Life. Amen.