In 2008 when an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at President George W. Bush during a press conference, the Arab world understood the gesture was a serious insult. In their culture, footwear is often considered offensive because of the connection to the feet, which touch the ground. John the Baptist used similar imagery but to different effect.

And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie”

(Mark 1:7).

John declared his unfitness to even touch the Messiah’s sandals. But God’s plan was for him to baptize Jesus, then step into the background, and he accepted it.

It’s vital to seek and remain in God’s will, but what if He asks you to take on a task that puts you in the background? Could you comply, relying on God’s planning in this new situation? For those truly attuned to God’s will then the answer is clear, even if challenging. Committed followers will do anything for His benefit and His glory.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to learn to rely on Your planning, no matter what happens.

Quicklook: Mark 1:6–8

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