“Was That Really You, God?”
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1Corinthians 10:13 (NLT).
Have you ever doubted the callings or dreams you thought God had given you? God tells us in His word that all temptation or doubt is common to man. We all go through similar struggles and doubts. It is common to doubt the dreams and callings we once believed God had placed over our lives.
John the Baptist had a powerful calling on his life: to prepare the hearts of people to receive Jesus. His calling was clear even before he was conceived, yet in the darkest hour of his life this great man of God began to doubt. He doubted the calling he was once so sure of , his whole life’s work, and whether his words were from God or simply his own mind.
In John’s time of turmoil he sent word to Jesus asking if He was the Messiah or if maybe he, John, had been mistaken. John knew without a doubt who Jesus was, but when he was going through a tough time he began to doubt everything he once was willing to die for. He even doubted his ability to hear God and the times in his life when God had spoken to him.
Have you ever felt like this? Have you doubted your years of sowing into a dream that once was God inspired? Maybe you’ve even doubted your ability to hear God.
John had all these doubts. When Jesus heard John’s question He didn’t condemn him. Instead, he told John that He, Jesus was fulfilling the very scripture that he knew John had based his life on. A simple ‘yes’ would have still left John in doubt but only God knew the words that spoke deeply into John’s heart and prepared him for what was ahead.
The Bible tells us that with all temptation God provides a way of escape for us. In John’s hour of temptation the escape route’s name was JESUS. John sent word to Jesus who was able to deliver him in an instant.
Jesus is still our way to escape all doubt, confusion and temptation. When you are in a place of doubt, not even the kindest words from man will be able to quiet your heart. But one word from God will– you need a word from heaven. Send word to Jesus in confidence like John did. Know that Jesus doesn’t condemn you, but is on your side and wants to speak to you. Posture yourself to seek Him and be ready to receive an answer from heaven. You have the ability to hear from God and He will speak to you, simply ask and believe. He is faithful.