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Day 11 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Matthew 3:1-2 (NLT)

In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, ‘Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near’.

Yesterday we discovered that God’s revelation often takes place in the wilderness space. Today we discover that John appeared in the wilderness. We assume he made his own way there in obedience to his call and mission. However, the idea of his appearing captures the reality that this is God’s man, speaking God’s message in God’s time.

In seeking God we will discover that we have to lay aside many of our comforts. It is in setting aside the familiar in search of the as yet unfamiliar that marks the Christian path.

For years I joyfully followed Jesus, only for the unexpected arrival of childlessness to break up my comfortable Christian paradigm. Here I was facing something beyond both my capacity to fix and my experience of God to date. Now I had to choose between an angry reaction toward God or take it upon myself to leave the comfort of my assumption i.e. that Katey and I would have children as all married couples did, especially those who honoured God, and go in search of fresh revelation of God’s Kingdom given my current circumstances.

Both the experience of childlessness and all its ramifications disturbed me emotionally and spiritually as did the sense of leaving what I knew to journey deeper into my friendship with God. One thing I learnt, God’s authentic word will always disturb us.

John prepared the way for Jesus by calling men to repentance. This fresh revelation of a radical repentance symbolised through the ritual of baptism was made available to those hungry or desperate enough to leave their comfort zone and seek out John. It was only as I left my comfort zone within which the only response to childlessness was anger and disappointment and journeyed into the wilderness of despair that I encountered God’s provision of a fresh perspective and discovered his Kingdom revealed through becoming daddy to a fatherless child who asked if she might adopt me as her ‘real daddy’.

QUESTION: Have your disappointments cruelly confined you in a prison of their own design?

PRAYER: Father God, when all is not as I think it should be in my life, help me hold tight to you.

Written by: Matt Weet

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