2010-10-19 - Everyone Has a Bad Day
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. (Matthew 11:5)
John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus. It was a calling he took seriously. Perhaps growing up as an only child lent him to being independent and resourceful. God created John the Baptist to be one who baptizes, telling people to repent from their sins and turn to God. His words struck a chord with people, and people confessed their sins and were baptized. He led a simple and self-disciplined life in the line of clothes, food, and shelter. John the Baptist did not want any self-pity parties, for he lived the life God ordained him to have.
The Lord chose John for the role of prophet. What a compliment. What a duty. Although this prophet had a close connection to the Lord and was obedient, he was not above being human. John the Baptist, at one point, doubted that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Although he believed the Christ would come, he questioned if Jesus was indeed Him. Jesus reminded His Earthly cousin of all the healings and miracles done by His power.
When doubts want to invade our thinking, instead we need to remember the times God has come to our aid and put our doubts to rest.
Lord, You see my imperfections, and yet still tell me I can run the race well, even if I didn't have a flawless start or middle. I want to finish without looking back at the starting line. Lord, show me how to keep my integrity despite my human flaws. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.