Part one of a 3-part series dealing with a difficult question:
“What happens when God doesn't meet my expectations?”
John the Baptist is facing serious discouragement, doubt and despair. This makes sense given John’s situation — imprisoned, rejected, and soon to be executed for following God’s call to herald Jesus as the Messiah.
The Root of the Problem: Misunderstanding Jesus We must be careful not to fall into the trap of assuming that we “get it” when it comes to knowing the fullness of God’s plans.
Three Misunderstandings John had About Jesus:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.”
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
(2 Peter 3:9)
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Even today, these misunderstandings about God’s will lead many of us to discouragement, doubt and despair.
Can we acknowledge that God’s ways are not our ways, that God is not slow, and that His heart for the world is ? If we have patience and faith to persevere to the end, we will find that all things have been working together for the good of those who love him — even the hard things.
We Have Seen His Glory
May God be praised on the brightest day as well as the darkest night of our souls.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
John the Baptist Asks a Question
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”