“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ Jesus replied, ‘Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.’ As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John.
[Verses 10-11:] ‘This is the one about whom it is written: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” (Matthew 11:2-7, 10-11)
John the Baptist is an incredible example of what it looks like when life gets disrupted. John, a faithful servant of the Lord, who had been telling others about the coming Messiah, was thrown into prison. Suddenly, he was unable to minister to people the way he wanted. He was completely hindered from doing what he felt he was called to do.
Have you ever felt that way? I would venture to say everyone on this earth has found themselves in a situation where a disruption has occurred. Plans get devastated and life doesn’t turn out how we thought it would.
But why can’t life go the way we envisioned it? We made the right decisions. We followed the rules. We were faithful in our relationship with God. Why do these disruptions still happen? Why do we get frustrated with God despite His past faithfulness in our lives?
This is another area where we can relate to John the Baptist. Remember, he baptized Jesus. He saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Christ as a dove. He heard God’s voice. When he found himself in prison, the stability of what he previously experienced felt more like sinking sand. John the Baptist had been faithful in his service, and he had seen God’s faithfulness firsthand. Yet he still grew frustrated and discouraged in the midst of disruption.
Thankfully, Jesus never condemned John for questioning Him. Instead, He offered him comfort and affirmed his faithfulness. Jesus can offer you comfort in the midst of your disruption, too. If you are in a season when your life doesn’t look the way you want it to, turn to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; and He will give you peace and comfort that only He can give in a time like this.