Questions and Doubts

Questions and Doubts

24 April 2009


2 John the Baptist, who was now in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you really the Messiah we’ve been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him about what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor." (Matthew 11:2-5 NLT)

Courageous John had been thrown in prison for faithfully preaching the truth. Now, alone in the dark, he had questions, maybe even some doubts about whether he had got it right. Was it worth it? Any chance he had given his all for the wrong cause?

Jesus didn’t use his power to free John from the dungeon. Jesus didn’t even send flowers and a card. Jesus replied, “Tell John that God’s work is being done, the neediest people are being helped, and the truth is still being proclaimed. That’s what matters to John. Tell him that and he’ll know.”

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we expected. Sometimes we don’t know what to expect next, but we hope it won’t hurt too much! Sometimes when we see how our situation develops we get discouraged and begin to have doubts.

When we have questions and doubts we should do what John did – go ask Jesus. Even if the answer he gives isn’t what we expected to hear, it’s what we need to hear.

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)


Father, help me to remember to take my questions and doubts to Jesus. Remind me and my friends that God’s work is being done and that our part is to be obedient, not successful. Amen.

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