By Patrick Hawthorne
Have you ever had a situation come up in your life where you began to doubt your faith? If you are breathing I will assume the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” In truth, we have all had those feelings.
How did it make you feel? If you are like me, you felt like a hypocrite whose former faith filled words were a bit like the Shakespearean quote, “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!” And, just in case you did not feel guilty enough, the devil twisted the guilt knife in a little further by pointing out the super spirituality of someone else who seemed to have it all together.
If this describes you, would it make you feel better to know that one of the greatest preachers the world has ever known suffered a similar failure in faith? This preacher was actually tasked by God to introduce the world to the Messiah. Yes, I’m referring to John the Baptist.
For quite some time, John had been the big man on scene. Kings feared him and the religious leaders despised him. However, once Jesus took His rightful position, things began to change. Suddenly, John found himself of a lower status. To John that was totally acceptable. However, when he was thrown in prison because he dared speak the truth concerning King Herod’s impure relationship with his son’s wife Herodias, his faith took a hit. Things were not going according to plan.
While in prison, John sent two of his disciples to Jesus with the question, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Isn’t that interesting? Just recently, John had proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29). Now, he was questioning if he had heard accurately from God.
As can happen with any of us, John made a comparison between his current situation and the truth revealed to him by God; he took his eyes off Jesus. What was needed to get him back on track? It was a word from the Lord. Look at what Jesus said in response. “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Those words were enough to set John back on the right track. No longer did he see his imprisonment as a sign that he had missed the mark. He suddenly realized he had hit the bull’s eye. If your faith has taken a hit, take your eyes off your circumstances and put them back on Jesus. He will correct any stinking thinking and will get you right back on your destined path. Be blessed.