By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: March 31, 2017
From Series: A Bout with Doubt
Matthew 11:4-6, “ Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
John the Baptist’s message was simple: Repent now, for God’s judgment and wrath are imminent. After bearing witness that he had seen the Son of God, and expecting Jesus to right the world’s wrongs by punishing sinners and restoring order for the righteous, he was sadly disappointed. And to make matters worse, he was unjustly imprisoned and feeling removed from his calling. His disorientation came from hearing reports of Jesus’ miraculous healings. This led him to question Christ. Why wasn’t He doing what he was supposed to be doing and setting the world straight? John was righteous and faithful to God, so why was he being punished while the wicked were free to keep on sinning? Can’t we all relate? How many times have we questioned God the minute our lives stop making sense?
Although John can be faulted for lack of faith, his quest for the truth was quite commendable. Without hesitating, he sent two of his disciples to go straight to the source for an answer. Jesus responded saying, “Tell John what you’ve seen! Bear witness to My work!” Then Jesus added a little caveat. He knew He’d become a stumbling block to John’s faith, thus He said, “Blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me”. Touché! How often do we place our finite expectations on our infinite God, yet still doubt His faithfulness? Doubt for a season is fine if like John, we are intentional about seeking answers.
Father God, help maintain my trust in You in both the darkness and the light. Grant me wisdom and good judgment in times of suffering and loss. And guide me to search Your word for the answers that I seek.
Do you have questions in need of an answer? Then it’s time to investigate! Ask God to guide you through Scripture. Ask Him what He wants to show you and pray for the discernment to apply it in your life.
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