Who do we look to for solutions to life’s problems? Who do we look to for answers to life’s questions and issues? Politicians? Religious leaders? Fox news correspondents? Radio show hosts? Hollywood? Sports starts? Pop singers? Oprah? Glen Beck?
And if your answer is “God” or “the Bible,” whose understanding of God and the Bible do you go by?
Maybe the real question we should be asking ourselves is, “Who does God gives the answers and solutions to?”
For that question, Luke 3:1-14 provides an interesting answer. In these verses, Luke reveals that God’s solutions to life’s questions and problems did not come from rulers or religious leaders or those with power, prominence, money, and authority. Instead, the word of God came through a poor and relatively unknown man living in the wilderness: John.
It is John who showed the people how to live under the rule of a corrupt government and religious system. It is John who explained to the people how to live lives of generosity, honesty, and integrity. He was a nobody, but God used Him to call the people back to God’s way of living.
Do you know a “John” today? I know some people who might fit the bill, but you don’t know them, and that’s the whole point. It is partly due to their lack of fame and power that qualifies them. They don’t live in mansions, ride in limousines, or appear on TV. But God uses them to bring wisdom into my life. A few of them aren’t even Christians (*Gasp*)!
Who do you have tha that God uses to speak to you? If you don’t have somebody, don’t look to TV or D.C. Instead, find someone who is weak, despised, and foolish (1 Cor 1:27-28), and hang out with them. You never know…maybe you’ll find your John.