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June 19, 2020

Dealing with Doubt and Discouragement

“...Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" (Luke 7:20)

Ever get discouraged? You’re not alone. We all struggle at times with discouragement. In fact, some of the greatest of servants of God in the Bible suffered discouragement. Today’s verse reminds us of one of them. John the Baptist, that strong, bold, faithful, “voice crying in the wilderness” fell into deep discouragement, even doubting if Jesus was the Messiah.

One day, some time after King Herod had imprisoned him, John called for two of his disciples. He then sent them to find Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the One, or should we look for another?” What did Jesus do upon hearing John’s question? Luke writes, “That very hour Jesus “cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight”(Luke 7:21). Then Jesus said to the two messengers John had sent, "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" (v22).

After John’s disciples left, Jesus told the multitudes, "For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist;” (v. 28).

I’ve often wondered why Jesus didn’t say those glowing things to John’s disciples before they left, so that they could return to John and encourage him with the wonderful things Jesus said about him. Instead, He sent them back with the truth of who He is, not with a promise to ease John’s suffering, or even a word of commendation for John’s faithful ministry.

What can we learn by this? The answer to disillusionment and discouragement is to fix and to keep our eyes on the Person and work of our Lord Jesus, and to trust Him in all things!

Question: Are you discouraged?

Challenge: Fix your eyes on Jesus, and trust in Him “…with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5).

Prayer: Lord, help us to keep our eyes on Jesus!

James Fullan, Chapel Leader -- Clinton LumberKings

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