Nothing is needed more in this sad day than a John the Baptist, a prophetic voice in this pathetic wilderness. There are echoes aplenty in an age of “me-tooism,” and lots of rubber stamps, but few spokesmen for God. It is a thankless task. John the Baptist was not a welcome visitor in Herod’s court. His faithful ministry cost him his head, and his successors will not fare much better. God send us a voice in this wilderness, not an echo!
The Unscheduled Miracle
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer…And a certain man lame from this mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple.
The healing of the lame man was not on anybody’s schedule that morning. Peter and John never dreamed, when they set out, what a tempestuous day it would be. The lame man did not know it was to be his red-letter day. The people of Jerusalem never imagined the city would be in an upheaval before sundown. Peter and John had gone up to pray, but the unscheduled event became the main event.
When we are in the path of duty we are on the highroad of blessing. Anything may happen. And the blessing by the way may eclipse what we set out to obtain. The healing of the lame man was a side line that morning but soon took the main line.
When you walk in His will the unscheduled thing you did not know about when you set out may bring greater blessing than the main objective you had in mind. Our Father is the God of the Unexpected and His schedule has items not listed on ours.