Finding Our Voice

The wilderness can teach us who we are and just as important—what that means. When the Jewish leaders sent people out to question John, the first thing he did was make it clear who he wasn’t. He was not the Messiah. He was not Elijah (in the sense they understood it). He was not the Prophet.

He was the voice.

More fully, he was the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. There weren’t a multitude of voices speaking out in the wilderness. In fact, there weren’t even a few. There was one and John was it. (And some of us thought we were experiencing loneliness!).

We have this phrase about “finding your voice.” It means something along the lines of coming to an awareness of who we really are. It’s a fine little thing as far as phrases go that arise from a culture predisposed toward individualism and self-actualizing.  

The bigger, deeper truth is that none of us really find our voice until we allow ourselves to be found by our Father and used for His purposes. I love that the first thing John did was tell everyone who he was not. How many of us would care to identify ourselves that way?

And here’s something else to think about, there were ways in which John wasn’t alone. He was part of the prophetic chorus that had spoken of Christ down through the centuries. More than that, he is part of the millions of voices of people who have spoken for Christ since His appearing. Taken together, these are the finest sounds that earth has ever produced.

You might be one of those people who is alone now and you are feeling your isolation. There are ways in which you aren’t alone—everyone is feeling a sense of isolation. But more to the point, if you belong to Christ you are part of a global community of wilderness travelers whose unity will one day be experienced and expressed fully, completely and gloriously when our voices come together.

Until then, be the voice in your wilderness for God.

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