Even the Greatest Doubted

31 Jan

I was reading this morning in Matthew 11 and was struck once more by John the Baptist. The one whom Jesus said was the greatest person born among women, in his discouragement in imprisonment, wondered about whether Jesus was the Messiah who was to come or whether there was another. This Jesus, whom John had proclaimed the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, now in John’s dark cell looks to be something less than what John once knew Him to be.

But Jesus doesn’t slam John. He comforts Him with the truth. He sends back a message, “Look what I’ve done John. You can trust me.” And then he goes on to praise John before the people, saying “among those born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist.”

Jesus comes to us in a similar way in our discouragement. When we are in darkness and see no way out. When our inward struggles drive us to despair. When our outward trials bring us to the breaking point. When our earthly future looks grim. Look to Jesus.

It is OK to wrestle with doubt and discouragement. Just don’t turn away from who Jesus is and what He has done.

2 Responses to “Even the Greatest Doubted”

  1. mikelynn34 January 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    We have been discussing the wrestling doubt issue in the ladies book study on forgiveness. This is wonderful insight that I plan on sharing with them. Thank you!


  2. Alison February 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    There is reassurance to know that I’m in some very good company with this. And, it’s always soothing to see how the Lord responds in such a tender way towards His people.

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