Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
John the Baptist bore witness of the truth and we do the same when we wait on God.
You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. (John 5:33, NKJV)
The Greek of the word witness means to be able or ready to testify and being in favor of whom or what one bears testimony to. Not only did John the Baptist testified to the truth (John 1:29-36), he also was in favor of the truth to which he testified, meaning the truth that Jesus was the Christ (John 3:28), the Lamb of God (John 1:29 and 35), the Bridegroom (John 3:23) of the Church, the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2 and 9; and 22:17). The Greek word for witness is used 120 times in the New Testament and describes the action and life of the true disciple of Jesus. The commission of John the Baptist is given to us in John 1:6-9:
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Likewise, Jesus’ disciples are to be His witnesses to a world in need of His mercy, love, forgiveness, and grace. A witness spends time with whom he is to testify for because remember the word witness includes a disposition in favor of the person he is a witness of. Waiting on God helps us to become better witnesses for the cause of Jesus and His kingdom. Consider the following passages which speak of our witness: John 15:26-16:4; Acts 14:1-3; Acts 26:22; 1 Corinthians 14:14-19; and 1 John 4:12-16 and 5:6-13.
The witness of the truth is also given by the Father, which is a stronger witness than the one which comes from man. Consider the following:
There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness to Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me… (John 5:32-37, NKJV)
There is another related Greek word for witness which means a witness; one who has information or knowledge of something, and hence, one who can give information, bring to light, or confirm something. This is our calling through our daily lives. We can become better witnesses through waiting on the Father daily. Consider the following passages which speak of others and ourselves as fellow disciples being witnesses to the Truth: Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8, 21-22, 2:29-33, 3:15, 5:32, 10:34-43, 13:30-32, 26:15-16; and 1 Peter 5:1.
Prayerfully meditate upon the Scripture passages presented in this blog and pray how the Holy Spirit would be allowed to be applied to your life.