“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
When Faith Wavers
(Please read John 1:29 and Matthew 11:2-3)
It seems remarkable that both the statements in our texts were made by the same man, John the Baptist. First he spoke confidently of Jesus as the Savior of humanity. Later he questioned whether Jesus was the one or whether people should look for another to appear as the Messiah.
John’s ministry had begun as a reformer exhorting repentance. Crowds followed him and large numbers were baptized by him. He foretold the coming of the Messiah, whom John (like other Jews of his day) apparently expected to become the immediate, temporal ruler of the country.
Now he was in prison, and his hopes were still unrealized. It was only natural that he would raise a question regarding Jesus.
But unlike many people, who cannot experience disappointment or failure without giving up, John was able to take a hopeful view, even if he must “expect someone else.” Jesus’ answer to him was reassuring: that the blind received sight, the lame walked, others were healed, and the good news was preached to the poor (Matthew 11:4-6). And the Lord went on (in subsequent verses) to commend John highly.
Don’t all of us feel our faith wavering at times? When we do, let’s try doing what John did – “send word” to the Lord in prayer (see Philippians 4:6-7); meditate, as Paul did, on the grand future (see Philippians 3:13-14); and remember that the Lord will help if we ask him (see Hebrews 13:5-6).
We’ve given you several verses to look at this morning. Please do that and be fortified for whatever circumstances may challenge your faith today.