Where else but the beginning? Starting with the story of John the Baptist seems normal. John came and told the people The Messiah is coming. About John we know very little. According to Luke, they were both from the line of Aaron. Aaron’s descendants were High Priests. Imagine if today we still assigned jobs by family. If who you married was determined by your family? Until the past few hundred years it was. *just a little food for thought.
Back to the point. John had the right by birth to be a priest. Bestowed the job of heralding the Messiah. Even before his birth, his life was driven by faith. It was by faith that Elizabeth and Zechariah conceived. The Old Testament has a similar story, Abram and Sarai (Genesis 12). It was by faith that John paved the way for Jesus saying He has come.
Living by faith is hard. It requires us to believe that someone we have never seen is there for us orchestrating our lives. This unseen, but not unfelt person will provide for us.
Living by faith means marvelous things will happen. Prayer is powerful. I hear these songs about God not moving mountains for us. We expect it to be like the verse Jesus tells us that if we have the faith of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20) mountains can be moved. I think the problem is we are praying for the wrong mountains. If I am praying for my husband’s mountain to be moved, it depends on his faith not mine.
But moving my husband’s mountains might make my life easier. Sure if your husband went from being an unsympathetic ogre to a gentle giant; life would be easier. We can pray for change within our spouse, our children, our boss. However, It is not our mountain. Our mountain deals with us and God. Through our prayers, God will change children, spouse, friends, and parents. But our faith will not move the mountains that others are facing. My new prayer for my family is that they gain the faith to ask God to move the obstacles in their path.
Luke 1: 5-7:
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 : of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.