The book of Luke 1:57-80 records the birth of John the Baptist. Studying this portion of scripture one day, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that ‘every man who must manifest glory must pass through his/her own ‘wilderness’. ’ I choose to call this ‘the wilderness experience’. In simple terms, there must be a story before the glory.
From Luke 1:67, we see that the Holy Spirit fell upon Zechariah (John the Baptist’s Father) and he began to prophesy. Whilst prophesying, he outlined the purpose of John’s life;
- To be the prophet of the Most High. Luke 1: 76a.
- To prepare the way for our Lord Jesus. Luke 1:76b. And
- To give knowledge of salvation unto his people in the remission of their sins. Luke 1:77 ASV
You will agree with me that that was a great assignment. I can imagine that as a teenager, John would have been itching to start his assignment (i.e. proclaiming the coming of Jesus)… Imagine if you knew what your life’s calling was from your birth, you would be eager to get right into it.
But Luke 1:80 says:
“And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.” (ESV)
“So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.” (NKJV)
Please note; ‘he grew and became strong in spirit’ but he had to be in the ‘wilderness/desert’ until the day of his manifestation/public appearance to Israel. It simply means that though seemingly ready, he was in the place of constant preparation/training/hiding until his moment to be showcased came.
Beloved, there is a day of glory prior to which a man must be in preparation/waiting/training. The nature of experiences in the times of preparation/waiting/training differ for each person.
By design, the world recognizes results only. It doesn’t necessarily take into consideration the hours of preparation, training, or rigorous efforts put into the achievement of a goal. What is usually noticed is the end result.
In the same vein, by design as humans, we tend to see ourselves as inadequate when we are in our “wilderness experience” because we compare ourselves with those who have scaled through their ‘wildernesses’ and are currently in the stage of manifestation. We forget that they didn’t fall off the sky, they had their trials to overcome too.
If you’re reading this right now and you’ve been wondering when your season will come, please be encouraged. I want you to always remember the following;
- That situation is not peculiar to you.
- Those who have gone ahead of you and are ‘manifesting’ now have had to prepare/train/wait. They paid their dues.
- Everyone has their story to tell, if we’re willing to listen.
- Do not compare your life’s journey to another’s journey as they differ significantly.
- Consciously decide to learn and evolve during that ‘wilderness experience’.
After successfully passing through your training phase, be assured of this;
- You will MANIFEST God’s glory, in Jesus name, Amen.
Congratulations in advance beloved. Remember to stay encouraged.