“Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” John the Baptist had sent his disciples to ask Jesus this question. Wait! Wasn't John a man of great faith?
Yes, until one day when his feelings took over. Imagine, John was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb. He was raised studying the scriptures and knew he was the forerunner preparing the way for Jesus Christ. He and Jesus were cousins! Yet, when John was in prison his feelings rose above his faith. Is Jesus really the One?
Anyone can doubt.
Even John the Baptist.
How did Jesus answer this doubt-filled question? "John, Cuz, there, there. Don't worry! I am the One!" No, Jesus didn't appeal to John's feelings.
“Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Many may see this response as cold and callous. Didn't Jesus know John was in prison desperately needing encouragement? Yes! And Jesus gave John the encouragement he needed.
John would have been familiar with this prophecy from Isaiah 35, "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing." Jesus gave John the answer to this prophecy. He gave John the Word.
When we find ourselves in hard, desperate-seeming situations we need the Word. We may want a hug or someone to appeal to our emotions, but the Word will do exceedingly more for our faith.
Look at another example. In 1 Samuel 30, we see that David's wives had been taken captive and his men were so distressed that they wanted to stone him. What was David's response,
"But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God."
We don't have to look very far to see people living their lives based on feelings. But remember, faith and feelings are not synonymous! David probably had a lot of negative feelings swirling around in his head, but he encouraged himself in the Lord. We can too!
I encourage you today; whatever challenge you're facing, elevate your faith above your feelings. Speak the Word of God to your situation. The Word of God will never pass away!