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Luke 1:76 – 80 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Waxing.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.” (AKJV)  (Read these scriptures and more at

The word waxed can mean to grow in strength and size.  We often associate it with the moon above our Earth.  We say the moon waxes large – or it’s on the wane, meaning it’s getting smaller to the human eye. 

And here we see that John the Baptist, as a child, grew physically.  And we see in the Bible he did grow to manhood and became that John who was known for baptizing people for the forgiveness of their sins.  But he waxed strong in spirit. 

Surely it would have taken a strong God-given spirit for Him to live in the desert (or in the wilderness) as is recorded.  And we are told in the gospels of Mark and Matthew that he ate locusts and wild honey.  Maybe we could say he “waxed different.”  As he grew, God led him to do things that were out of the ordinary.  Yes, it would have taken a strong spirit for John to be the man God ordained for him.

How is this accomplished?  We might say that since John’s birth and destiny was God-given, his is a special case far beyond our own.  But what about all of us then?  Do we wane?  Do we wax (other than waxing furniture or the pickup truck)? 

Well, yes, we do.  We from birth, wax physically larger and grow into adulthood.  We hopefully find out center in the Lord’s will and grow into the carrying out of the life’s work He has for us.  And this is where the waxing of our spirits can come in.  Yes, our spirits can wax strong also.

We don’t know the details of how John’s spirit waxed strong, but we can today know ways in which to do this.  If our spirits wax strong, perhaps they are more in tune with the Lord.  We might say that being in tune with God causes our spirits to become strong.  Was John the Baptist a rather odd playmate or son?  We don’t know.  We don’t know when His spirit became stronger and stronger until he knew his calling to go to the desert and eat locusts that even we today notice thrumming at night.

But every person born on Earth has the potential to wax strong in spirit with the Lord.  With the Lord’s Spirit when we believe.  Lord, help us to pray for babies in mothers’ wombs to display strength of spirit when they are welcomed in birth to our world and have opportunity to know You as Savior and Lord as they wax in physical attributes and in Your Spirit.

Topics:  Pray for our own waxing in strength of spirit as we pray the same for others.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/29 at 10:40 PM
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