Advent Day 15: You Are Not Alone

Advent Day 15 Reading: Matthew 11:2-6 

When John 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?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me.

While spending time in prison, John the Baptist heard about the miracles Jesus Christ was performing. My hunch is that it left him feeling very confused and probably thinking, Now why is Jesus out there performing miracles for everyone else and not intervening for me? I believe that might be what he was really saying when He asked His disciples to ask Jesus,  Are you the One who was to come, or should we expect someone else?

Have you ever been in a desperate place where God doesn’t seem to be coming through in your life, and like John, you’ve wondered, Where is Jesus when I need Him the most; and why isn’t He coming through FOR ME, when I see Him coming through for everyone else?  I am convinced we’ve been frustrated by a similar experience at one time or another.

Exactly where was Jesus and why wasn’t He coming to the rescue of His faithful forerunner?  Although I don’t have the answer, I do know one thing; Jesus was capable and could have intervened at any moment.  Boy, I bet that is tough to hear.  The truth is Jesus IS capable and can come through for any of us at any time He wants, but……………………..there are times He just doesn’t; and with no explainable reason.  Now that can create a real faith challenge.  

When this occurs in our lives we might be toying with dangerous thoughts such as, Does Jesus REALLY care about me? or, Can I REALLY trust Him? or, Is He REALLY who He says He is?  The demon of doubt can and will try to raise its ugly head at such crucial moments, and if we’re not careful, we might make the choice to come into agreement and believe his crafty lies, and………………….well, I’ll let you fill in the blank. Let’s face it, we’ve all dealt with similar circumstances and made similar mistakes which have caused us a short, or sometimes long-lived death to our faith.

When posed with the question from John’s disciples, Jesus  immediately acknowledged the truth by saying, Yes, It is I, and I’ve proven this by the miracles you’ve both heard and seen.  Afterwards, instead of miraculously freeing John from prison (as Jesus was truly capable of doing), He goes on to say, Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me Matthew 11:6 In other words, John, you will be blessed if you choose to trust and believe in Me, even when I don’t come through for you (although you see Me doing so for others). 

Upon reading that Jesus, my Knight and Shining Armor did not come through for John (who was sowell deserving of it, not to mention also his cousin), confusion initially sets in, but on its coattails, an unusual type of solace and comfort. The reason being similar circumstances have also occured in my life, and John’s example reminds me that I am not alone. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou [art] with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 Staying in relationship with Him during those dark moments is imperative, for when walking through that dark valley and shadow of circumstantial death, the great news is His grace and presence can woo me back to a place of surrender and trust in Him, not in my circumstances.  Knowing I am not alone also makes all the difference.

God is God.  Because He is God.  He is worthy of my trust and obedience.  I will find rest nowhere

 but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.  Elisabeth Elliot

I encourage you to endure by drawing and stay close to Jesus, even when He doesn’t appear faithful, because you know that He is.  He is the True and Faithful One.  There is not other. It’s always the BEST choice and the right choice no matter what prison-house you’re in.

I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to

 guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.

2 Timothy 1:12

 -The Quilted Poetess

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