Ever feel like that? Just questioning the darkness and quietness of a lonely situation?
It reminds me of the old Pink Floyd song. "Hello, hello, hello (echo sound effect) is there anybody out there?"
In reality when that happens, we who are familiar with the bible call it a "wilderness experience".
Jesus was familiar with it.
So was John the Baptist.
Check it out:
Mark 1:3 - " The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"
It's one thing to experience it once in awhile, but this was John's daily function.
He was THE voice crying out in the places devoid of Jesus and filled with godlessness.
He was the icebreaker. The forerunner. The lead scout into hostile territory.
His job was to prepare the people for the entrance of Jesus Christ.
He didn't appear to get wrapped up in personal issues. He was focused and dedicated to the task.
He wasn't there to win a popularity contest. He was there to prepare the heart of mankind.
We can take a lesson from John. Our present circumstances do not qualify or disqualify us from being a wilderness voice.
The only thing that matters is that we know our purpose and carry it out.
It might seem thankless at times. Not to worry. God deals with the results. We just obey Him.
We are not called to convince anybody. The Holy Spirit is in charge of that. We are just sharing what we have found to be true for our life and present it as simply as we can.
The greatest soul winners were simple people. They weren't theologians, they weren't biblical scholars.
They were people like you. People with issues. People with struggles. Real people with real faith living real lives.
So, just continue to be real. God will use that to His great advantage.
Be blessed today in all that you do!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><