This was not the plan. He had done everything that was asked of him. He had heard God. He had done God’s will. He had obeyed. And here he was. In prison. Execution imminent. Where was salvation? He had spent his life preparing the way. Where was He? Where was the One whose sandals he was not worthy to untie now? Did He not know that he was in prison? Did he not know that he was about to be executed? Was He who He said He was? Did he get it all wrong? Plagued with fear and doubt, John the Baptizer, who Jesus referred to as the greatest among men, sent a messenger to ask Jesus the following question: Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?
Are you the one? Should we look for another?
I believe that many people are asking the same question today. Did we hear wrong? You are the healer. Where is the healing? You are the Savior. When will you save us from this? You alone have the power to unite what is so divided. You alone have the power to step in and change this situation. Where are you? We are struggling here. Should we look for another? Is a politician going to fix this? Is an election or a political party going to fix this? Is a vaccine going to fix this? Why are you silent?
And Jesus answers us the same way He answered John. “Go, and tell what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.”
His answer summed up is this: I am doing impossible things. I am doing things that cannot humanly be done. And I am doing them. All. Now. While you wait. While you struggle with unanswered questions in circumstances you would never choose, I am working. I am doing impossible things. Will you trust Me? Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.
From cover to cover, the Bible holds the story of a God who is good, who is faithful, who does not abandon His children. Ever.
We are in a strange and difficult season right now. Don’t despair. Hold on Church. He is working. He is doing impossible things. Blessed is the one who is not offended.
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Love this! Always enjoy your posts!
We focus too much on the here and now, the temporal. God focuses on the eternal. I love how you say “Hold on Church.” I would add, “We’re in for a bumpy ride.” Jesus said in Matt 24 that these are the beginning of things. I don’t say this to induce fear, but to encourage and exhort us to put our trust fully in the Lord!
Thanks always for sharing your heart! God bless you!
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. Prov. 16:20
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