Friday, December 07, 2012

Devotional Thought : Matthew 3:3

This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Matthew 3:3

This prophesy is from Isaiah 40:3 and refers to God bringing the Jews back to the Promised Land from their exile in Babylon. Here in Matthew, it refers to the Jews coming back into right relationship with God.

By using this prophecy God reminds his people of his purposes and plans for them. He has not forgotten them. This prophesy speaks to them not only of their history but also of their future. He wants his people to return to wholehearted allegiance to him. So he can bless them.

Likewise God calls us to prepare ourselves in order to receive his blessing. Perhaps our spiritual life has grown stale and dull and now God calls us to prepare our minds and hearts, to stir ourselves into action so we are ready to face the next task God has for us.

It is so easy to drift from our commitment to Christ. In the intensity of a moment we plead our allegiance to him but the daily routine seems to wear down our intentions. Life doesn’t turn out quite like we expect. We experience disappointment and disillusionment and slowly our focus is drawn away from God.

However God challenges us to prepare for the next part of our spiritual journey and to focus on his unchanging character. Despite our circumstances God is a good God who has our best interests at heart. He will not always rescue us from bad situations or solve all our problems. Yet he is always there for us, continually seeking to spiritually spur us on and draw us into closer communion with him.

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