Filled with Doubt
- Matthew 11:2 (CEVDCUS06)
- Matthew 11:3 (CEVDCUS06)
- Matthew 11:4 (CEVDCUS06)
- Matthew 11:5 (CEVDCUS06)
- Matthew 11:6 (CEVDCUS06)
...Are you the one we should be looking for? Or must we wait for someone else?
This is the question John asked his followers to ask of Jesus. I was amazed the first time I read it. Why would John the Baptist be asking this type of question? He was the one who baptized Jesus and was the prophet who
"paved" the way. Yet here we see him asking questions that show he has doubts.
Do you believe that when you become a follower of Jesus, that you will no longer struggle with doubts? If so, prepare yourself I believe that we struggle more with them. Every little question that pops in our head, can be used by the enemy to create doubt. So how do we combat it?
John was in prison, and I imagine that he didn't think that this was the way "it" was supposed to happen. Remember the old testament prophecies? Did any of them talk about the Messiah in the way that Jesus was? If they did, I don't remember them. They described him as King! And yes Jesus is King, but he wasn't "acting" very kingly. The point being that John did not understand what Jesus was doing. Maybe John thought Jesus should get him out of jail so that he could continue his work. I don't really know what he was thinking but it is certain he was questioning if Jesus was the one.
God often works in ways that are completely out of our realm of understanding. That is where the trust and faith come in. But at the same time, if we focus on something other than our circumstances, we can see the hand of God moving. Jesus reminded John of that. Jesus pointed to the things he was doing that were also fulfillments of the prophecies.
Every christian at some point will have doubts. The key is to like John go to Jesus with those doubts, and allow the Spirit to point out to you, where you can see God at work. When you see the hand of God moving, even in the smallest of ways, it's hard to doubt.
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