2015-02-26 - When Doubt Creeps In
Luke 7:18-19 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”
John the Baptist was foretold as the messenger who would announce the coming Messiah. He had seen crowds come to listen to the message he had been given to speak. The Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Many of those who trekked out into the wilderness also came to be baptized. Then one day, without much fanfare, Jesus walked into the crowd and stepped into the water to be baptized.
In Matthew chapter three we read that John sees the heavens opened and the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and rest on Jesus. Then, something that is only recorded a very few times - God speaks audibly.
Matt 3:17 nd behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Fast forward to John being held in Herod's prison. The cell would have been dank and filthy. John and Herod would speak, and John's words troubled Herod. But inside John was still waiting and wondering. Doubt crept into his heart and mind in that miserable place.
John's questioning should be an encouragement to us when we struggle and doubt. How many have wondered where God is in their struggle? The Lord has promised never to leave or forsake us. (Heb 13;5) Even with all John has seen and heard he is clearly struggling here. God understands.
He has walked a mile in our shoes and knows our grief and our struggles. He understands when we are angry at Him, when we are disappointed with His answer or the timing or delay of that answer. Jesus' answer to John assured John that Messiah was fulfilling His mission. (Luke 7:22) There was no rebuke given for the honest questioning heart of John.
The song God Understands assures us that "Tears are a language God understands." David told us that God keeps our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8), and thanks God that His promises trustworthy (v.11-12). We can have the same assurance when doubt creeps into our hearts and minds.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.