Thought for the Day: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 (NKJV). He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD,” ’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” John 1:23 (NKJV)
Pondering recent events taking place in our society, I began remembering those men and women woven into the timeless stories of the Bible who stood unwavering in the face of overwhelming trials of their day. Take for instance, John the Baptist, the first cousin of Jesus. John was designated as the forerunner of Jesus. He was to prepare those who heard him preach there would be one coming after him that was greater. John was predicted by Isaiah the prophet to be the one who would be crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Seems to be a somewhat strange prediction, crying in the wilderness?
However, John was a different individual. He is described as wearing a camel's hair garment with a leather girdle about his loins, similar to the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. John had nothing whatsoever to do with the kingdom of this world and the worldly pleasures around him, his only focus was on the kingdom of heaven and the very King who was about to appear. He had nothing to do with wealth or eloquent soft clothing or elaborate meals. His food was the food of the poorest in the land, he ate locusts which were gathered in the desert, and wild honey which was scooped out of the hollow part of trees. He never cut his hair and never drank wine. Water was his main drink. He was completely devoted to his task.
"And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey." - Matthew 3:4 (As referenced from Bible History)
John’s voice was used mightily of God to prepare people for His Son and the message of salvation.
Esther, a Jewish young woman, was brought into the King’s palace and made his Queen. Although he had no idea this beautiful woman was of Jewish heritage, she was given the opportunity to save her people from total destruction by death. But she had to go before the King without being summoned and that fact alone could have cost her life. When she entered the place where the King held court, upon seeing her, the King immediately allowed her entrance.
On the third day, Esther put on her royal attire and stood in the inner courtyard of the palace in front of the king’s quarters. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the throne room, opposite the entrance to the building. When the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she won his favor, and the king extended to Esther the gold scepter that he was holding. Esther approached and touched the top of the scepter. The king asked her, “What do you want, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even if it’s half of the kingdom, it will be given to you.” Esther 5:1-3
Esther’s voice was heard by God and used to save the lives of countless Jewish people.
Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Job, Daniel, Rahab, Ruth and countless others were anointed with God’s protection as they used their voices to stand strong among the tsunami of opinions that were not aligned with God’s truth. Can one voice make a difference? Undergirded with the power of the Holy Spirit, yes, one voice can be heard and will be used by Almighty God to protect our hope, trust, mission and testimony of an unfailing, unrelenting Lord who lives and exists today. Never underestimate the power of ONE VOICE…yours!
Father, watch over us as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Aid us as we maneuver the tide of unpopular opinion, and with the sword of the Word of God, fill us with love, kindness and wisdom to answer countless opinions and questions that will be posed. May our answers point others to Christ without screams, chants, or anger, but with truth that cannot be denied. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.