A Father’s Prophesy
“76 “And you, my little son,
will be called the prophet of the Most High,
because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77 You will tell his people how to find salvation
through forgiveness of their sins.
78 Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,[a]
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:76-79 NLT
I’ve often wondered how John the Baptist knew that he was going to be John the Baptist. How did he know that he was not John the carpenter or John the electrician? How did he know he was not supposed to be John the police officer, John the farmer, or even John the preacher? How was he made aware of his calling? How did he know that he was supposed to be known as, “one crying in the wilderness”? How did he know that he was supposed to be a “prophet of the Most High”? Did he hear from God directly? The bible never says that God told him that is what he would do. Did he read a bible verse that spoke to him? The scripture never clarifies that either.
I may have discovered the answer today.
Before John the Baptist was John the Baptist, he was John the baby; John the toddler. John the baby had a father named Zacharias who, from the moment John was born, began to speak God’s word over him. Before John could even speak, his daddy was speaking of God’s great plan for him. Before John could even walk, Zacharias was prophesying what John would become. Zacharias spoke words of life to his son! Maybe John the Baptist knew that he was going to be John the Baptist because his daddy told him so!
Now I don’t know how John knew his calling. Maybe God spoke to him in his quiet time or revealed it in the scriptures to him what his role would be. But from what I see in the scriptures, John, from an early age, heard encouraging words from his father as to what he would do for God.
Here are the lessons to me. Zacharias spoke God’s word over his kids. So must I. Zacharias encouraged his kids in God. So must I. Zacharias expected to see great things from his kids. So must I.
How did John the Baptist know that he was going to be John the Baptist and do great things for God? BECAUSE HIS DADDY TOLD HIM SO!
What am I telling my kids they will do for God and be for God? When I speak to them, I may not just be speaking “nice words” to them. I may very well be speaking prophetic words for who they will become in Him! What prophesy am I speaking over them today?