Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
Picture if you will, a desert. As far as you can see, you see nothing but golden sand. You know what has been behind you and now you look to the left and then to the right and you see nothing but sand. You look ahead and as far as you can see, you see nothing but sand.
The area is desolate and then a prophet appears on the scene. Seemingly there is no one there and then from nowhere a prophet appears. Then a voice announces, “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
I am reminded of the George Berkley quote: “If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Certainly, this voice was heard. All four gospels identify John the Baptist with the prophecy of Isiah 40:3. He preached in the wilderness and people came out to hear him and to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. John is paving the way for Jesus and His ministry.
[This text draws on the report of John the Baptist’s preaching in Matthew 3:1-12. The final lines recall that John the Baptist was the first to name Jesus, “the Lamb of God.”] Note: from notes on hymn found in Glory to God.
O God we give thanks for the prophet Isaiah who proclaimed the coming of the Lord and the need to be ready for His coming. We thank You for John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.