What Jesus Did! 'Doubt toward Belief' — Matthew 11:2-3

Monday, May 15, 2017

John the Baptizer was in prison. He heard about the things Christ was doing. So John sent some of his followers to Jesus. John's followers asked Jesus, "Are you the man that {John said} was coming, or should we wait for another man?"
— Matthew 11:2-3 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 11:2-3 NLT — "Are you the man that {John said} was coming, or should we wait for another man?"

Key Thought

As John faced the struggle of his life, he maintained his integrity and faithfulness. His motivation was to simply know for sure that Jesus was who John believed him to be. He was not afraid to face death or doubt as he sought God's truth and lived God's life with commitment. Nearly all of us go through periods of doubt or struggle with difficult questions about our faith. Struggle with difficult questions, in and of itself, is not wrong nor is it something to be feared. Christianity has withstood the criticisms, scrutiny, accusations, and doubt of centuries of our world's best thinkers and harshest skeptics. The issue with these kinds of struggles is faithfulness in our ministry, holiness in our lifestyle, and honesty in our motives. As we work through our struggles using these three areas of integrity, we will find that our doubts and questions move us toward faith rather than toward disbelief. The biggest issue with struggles and doubt occurs when we break faithfulness and Satan can unleash a chain of consequences that weaken us spiritually. So in struggle and doubt, remember these three things: faithfulness in our ministry, holiness in our lifestyle, and honesty in our motivation.

Today's Prayer

O Lord, God of the great expanse and my Abba Father who adopted me in grace, please help me. Give me courage to face my doubts. Empower me with strength to face my struggles. Give me a heart that depends upon the Holy Spirit's guidance. O God, I want to honor you with my behavior and my choices. More than just knowing the truth, dear God, I want to know you and to display your truth in my life. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Revelation 2:10-11
  • Matthew 11:11-12
  • Proverbs 16:5-6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.