Luke 7:18-23 (KJV)

18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying , Art thou he that should come ? or look we for another? 20 When the men were come unto him, they said , John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying , Art thou he that should come ? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight . 22 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.   

Luke 7:22 (KJV)

22 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 .

DEVOTION – Carol P. Nyborg (North Carolina)

After John the Baptist had the privilege to baptize Jesus, he also got to witness the Spirit descending from heaven as a dove and lighting on Jesus.  John also heard God’s voice announcing from heaven,  “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased”  (Luke 3:22, NRSV).  Yet only a short time later, John was confused enough about Jesus that he sent two of his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”  (Luke 7:19, NRSV).

In spite of John’s the greatest display of doubt, Jesus went on to proclaim John the greatest of all prophets.  I believe that Luke’s Gospel includes this story to reassure us when our faith wavers.  It is human nature to be plagued by uncertainties.  God gave us inquisitive minds and expects us to ask difficult-but-honest questions when we encounter matters that affect our faith.  Perhaps Jesus knew that believers would need to have their faith bolstered from time to time, so he asked God to send the Holy Spirit to live inside us forever and be our comforter. (See John 14:16-18.)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In times of doubt, I can lean on God’s word and the Holy Spirit to renew my faith.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for understanding when we doubt.  Strengthen our faith when we struggle.  Amen

PRAYER FOCUS: CHRISTIANS STRUGGLING WITH DOUBT.

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