This is our weekly guest post written by my mother, Estelene. Be blessed as she shares with us on the topic of doubt.
Can you think of a few words that are very crippling in a Christian’s walk with Christ?
How about fear, jealousy, anger, or envy. Well, there is another one spoken of in Matthew 11:2-3. The scripture reads, “When John (the Baptist) heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Now John was the man who Jesus asked to baptize him. He knew who Jesus was because Matthew 3:13-15 says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.”
The scripture continues to tell us in verses 16-17: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ “
So if the scripture is true and we know it is, or do you have any doubt about that, John the Baptist heard God himself proclaim that Jesus was His Son. Let us not forget that the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus like a dove. John the Baptist witnessed through all three persons of the Trinity the affirmation of who Jesus was.
Why would John the Baptist spend one second of his time doubting if Christ was the Messiah? Before you start booing and hissing or condemning him, step into his sandals for a moment. He was sitting in prison because he had confronted Herod about his adulterous relationship with his sister-in-law. His sole purpose in life was to prepare the way for Christ. How was he going to accomplish that task if he was locked up in prison? Just think of the lives he could have led to Christ through his preaching and teaching if he was a free man. I am sure John had a plan for his future. Maybe it was to continue to preach, or maybe it was to become one of Jesus’ disciples. But God had a different plan.
If you allow Christ to be the Lord of your life, your plans may not become reality.
That is when we have a tendency to allow doubt to sneak in through the cracks and crowd out our faith. As soon as circumstances don’t go our way, we start doubting God.
We begin asking, “God, are you there? Are you listening to me? Do you care what I am going through? This is not how I wanted or expected you to take care of my situation.” We become frustrated, disappointed, and confused. But you know, we don’t have to resort to these feelings. We can trust that God is in control, He is there with us every step of the way, He is listening, and He does care.
Jesus sent a message back to John the Baptist reassuring him that He was the Christ by reporting the miracles he had performed which had been prophesied in Isaiah 35:5, 6; 61:1. I am sure this response from Jesus brought comfort to John. All of his doubts had disappeared. I don’t recall reading anywhere in the Bible if John knew his ministry had ended or that his life was about to end very soon. I can’t keep from grieving John’s death though every time I read about the account.
Several years ago The Holy Spirit whispered to me that He had something big for me to do. I truly believe He told me that way back then so I would have something to cling to during my years of hardship. There have been times when I wanted to give up, but God kept reminding me of His promise. I became so burdened down that I began to doubt the existence of God. I stopped praying, studying His Word, reading my devotions, and attending church. My heart could not even sing a song of praise which was very unusual for me.
Then one day as I sat and looked at the beauty of my grand-daughter as she stood in front of me, I began to realize that the functions of a human being’s body was a miracle in itself. There had to be a God. Then at that moment God spoke to me again and said, “How could I have told you I have something big for you to do if I do not exist?” I am not saying this to be humorous. I actually said to myself, “That is a good point.” What I had been clinging to all that time removed every doubt I had about God.
No, I do not understand His ways. My life is not going in the direction I would like for it to go. My desires and dreams aren’t becoming reality. Yet, I am comforted by the fact that He is in control of my life, and all I have to do is take one day at a time. The big plan God has for me might not be the big plan I want him to have. But you know what? God has the perfect plan for my life.
He has the perfect plan for your life also if you give your life to him. Don’t allow doubt to suffocate you. Live your life according to His Word and believe that He has the best plan for you no matter where the outcome leads you. If you do fall victim to doubt, open His Word for reassurance. Feel God’s love surrounding you. Be refreshed by His goodness. Believe; don’t doubt.