Today’s Reading: Matthew 11
Key Verses: “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?” Matthew 11:2-3
The New York City Transit Company was missing a bus and a driver some years ago. For over a week, authorities searched for the man but couldn’t find him. Finally, ten days later after the man had disappeared, he was found, bus included, in Miami, FL! The driver said, “I’d had it with the cold weather, the passengers, and my family! One day after I got off work, I thought, ‘I wondered what would happen if I just took off from driving!’” So, that’s what he did! He took off for Florida where he enjoyed the sun and surf for over a week, all by himself! Have you ever felt like that? We get so frustrated or aggravated about life that we either want to pull our hair out (or someone else’s hair) or else run away from it all!
In Matthew 11, John is still in prison waiting for confirmation about Jesus. One commentator wrote: John has already recognised Jesus’ identity; but now, in prison, he is undoubtedly discouraged and doubting, like many other men and women of God facing trials that seem greater than their power to endure. Yet it is at this time Jesus gives John a great commendation. The Lord knew John’s heart and said, “Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist…” What a reference from Jesus!
When life is tough and it’s hard for us and hard on us. It’s all too easy to get discouraged and disheartened. We will doubt at times! Doubt is not always a bad thing because as Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
During an especially trying time in the work of the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor wrote to his wife, “We have twenty-five cents–and all the promises of God!” And Corrie Ten Boom said, ““When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” Please don’t lose heart! We have the greatest engineer of all who knows exactly what He is doing. Just sit still and trust Him.