Dealing With Doubt

 

Dealing With Doubt

John the Baptist was a man quite fitted for his time. The mission of his short lifespan was simple enough to articulate and had been declared some 700 years before he had actually seen the light of day.

Isaiah 40:3 KJV  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  (Emphasis added)

Matthew 3 introduces us to this peculiar man that went about his business with great fervor. His dress was distinct enough to require comment by Matthew, as was his diet. To use the word unusual would not be a stretch for such a man. Nevertheless, ‘success’ found this oddity, not at the prestigious center of religious influence in Jerusalem, but in the far out wilderness of Judea.  It was here that people came from miles around. They were drawn by the unseen hand of God upon their hearts (Hosea 11:4) to hear from and to be baptized by he who would prepare the way of the Lord.

John, by all outward appearances, was sure of his calling, passionate in its execution and mindful of its limitations (Matthew 3:11). When Christ appeared before him (John 1:29), without hesitation, he boldly declared the mission of Jesus’ life, yet he was unsure as to his direct involvement in that mission.  He was humble enough to recognize Christ’s authority, yet he was bold enough to carry out his mission in baptizing Him (Matthew 3:14).

Soon afterwards, John was arrested and kept in prison. His visiting disciples began to tell him of all the miracles that were taking place and the testimony of the people concerning Jesus. John then calls two disciples and makes a peculiar request. He tells them to ask Jesus if He was ‘He which was to come or if they should look for someone else’.  What a peculiar question from one who had seen the confirmation of the Holy Spirit descending upon Him as a dove. Why such questioning from one who was so sure that Jesus was ‘the Lamb of God’ who would ‘take away the sin of the world’. There are two trains of thought that come to the forefront here. Either John began to have doubts because he too thought that the Messiah would do much more than heal and cast out devils, or perhaps there was something peculiar about thesetwo disciples that John sent them directly to Jesus for answers to questions in their own hearts.

Whatever your conclusions on the reason for the John’s questions, the fact is we all deal with doubt. Doubt is cunning and secretive. Doubt probes your mental and spiritual defenses for weakness. Doubt exploits those weaknesses with a barrage of questioning bullets and wondering missiles. Doubt is relentless and unreasonable. Doubt refuses to be satisfied with a catchy quip or dismissing thought. Doubt demands action and without it will ultimately derail your entire life in God.

John the Baptist demonstrated to us what should be done with doubt. All doubts should be taken directly to Jesus. Doubt is an unruly guest and should not be entertained in the living room of your mind. It should be dragged directly to Jesus to be dealt with in a way that only He can. How does Jesus deal with doubt? We would hope that He would answer the questions we have directly, but sometimes He doesn’t.  It would appear, as the story goes that these men asked their questions but did not get any immediate response.  It is as though something was being held until they were there and could see it with their own eyes. Luke, the doctor, says in Luke 7:21 KJV, “And in that same hour He cured many of theirinfirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight.”  While these men stood waiting on their answers, miracles are occurring before them. Then Jesus says:

Luke 7:22-23 KJV  Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

What then is the lesson for us? Often times we have questions about life. Are we on the right track? Did we do the right thing? Do we have the proper expectations? God is saying to us as He said to the men with their questions, look closely at what I am doing before your eyes. Watch as I work miracles for others. See as I do supernatural things all around you. Finally, don’t forget Luke 7:23… And a blessing will be on him who has no doubts about me (BBE).

Don’t let doubts sleep over. Don’t let doubts come for dinner. Destroy doubts by taking them to Jesus through His word and prayer. Ask Him to show you all of the miracles that are occurring around you that confirm that your hope is not in vain.

Psalms 62:5 KJV “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.”