Life Is… A Waiting Game?

Posted: April 1, 2015 in Life Is..., While i'm Waiting
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i just love it when God shares a few ideas and some material for me to use and then just takes it over by sending someone else… well actually 4 someone elses to put it all together in a way that i couldn’t. Thus is the case for this post.

Some days, it is a lot harder to wait. When i’m bringing my concerns to the Lord again and again, i can grow tired of waiting. It soon begins to feel like my prayers are falling on deaf ears. Often my response is to take control and just “do the best i can” Let’s look at a story about waiting

images-2John the Baptist was a fearless preacher who found himself waiting. In case you didn’t know it he is the cousin of Jesus and that’s important in the bigger picture of things. He openly pointed out the sins of the people regardless of who they were. And because of his boldness he was put in prison by Herod, the ruler of the Jews.

For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not. (Mark 6:17)

Here’s where that relative thing comes into play. If i’m John i am most definitely expecting Jesus, my cousin, to come and rescue me from prison. It’s an opportunity for Him to use a wondrous display of supernatural power. But, instead of moving in that direction, when He came to know of John’s imprisonment, Jesus moved farther away! What! John is blood, what about having his back?

John was updated by his followers of the marvelous works of Jesus. And he, John sent his representatives to Him.

Now listen to this! John tells his disciples to ask Jesus, “Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:2, 3)

That’s doubt if i’ve ever seen it. John sent messengers with his questions of doubt. If he hadn’t heard of the marvelous works that Christ was doing, then his doubt would be understandable. But having heard of His works and doubting is strange! This is John who proclaimed Jesus arrival!

The thought that troubled John and has troubled me on many occasions was, how come Jesus was not coming to help?

Jesus understood the struggle that John was going through. At least He didn’t rebuke him, but instead gave him more evidences so that all his doubts that the enemy was trying to put in his way would be removed.

Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on:

The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side.

Then Jesus says something profound or at least it was to me. He says, tell John, “blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth.” This is a post in and of itself because Jesus just announced that He would do things or not do things that would cause some people to stumble. If you want more on this watch Andy Stanley’s “When God” series part 1.

When John’s disciples left to report, Jesus started talking to the crowd about John. He says, “No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer;

Many miracles were performed right there, even the raising of the dead. That was supposed to give John hope and courage to face even his death, which followed. But this is what John had to remember and so must i, my God’s power extends beyond life, beyond death, beyond any challenge, beyond any circumstance!

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

In closing… Jesus i wait for you because honestly… i don’t want anyone else!

 

 

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