This one verse tells us very little about John’s upbringing but the reference to the wilderness is significant. In those days, the wilderness was seen as the place of prophetic inspiration, a place to listen for God’s word and to understand his purposes – a bit like going on a retreat. But living in the wilderness was one thing, John also had to develop in body and to grow spiritually to be equipped to carry out the tasks God had for him to do. He had to be ready for his future role.
Are you ready and willing to respond to God’s calling?
Today’s Advent thought is from Derek