DAY 28: EXPECTATIONS - (Matthew 11:1-6)
Good evening. Great is His faithfulness.
John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
11 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he [a]sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is notoffended because of Me.”
"Don't let this moment derail you, my good and faithful servant. I AM Who I SAY I AM, even when your expectations go unmet."
(The Chosen 40 Days with Jesus devotional page 123)
According to the Orthodox study Bible commentary. According to the Church Father, John the Baptist asks this question in order to guide his own disciples to Jesus.
John the Baptist was hardliner the forerunner for the Messiah. He was zealous in his ways, but if we see vv. 4-6 that the faith of John the Baptist strengthened through the response of Christ found in those verses above. John the Baptist wouldn't have been immune to doubt, frustration and even the normal human fear we all experience at times.
(Other readings Luke 1:5-13; Matthew 3:16-17; John 3:28-30; Isaiah 40:3; and Matthew 11:4-6) ... This was part of the devotional see video.
Prayer Focus - From the devotional
Thank God for long suffering with you in your doubt and disappointment and ask Him to increase your faithfulness. Thank Him for Who He is and for being worthy of your trust.
Moving Forward Questions from Devotional
What expectations in your life have gone unmet, and how have you handled your disappointments? See my video, because I'm not one for setting expectations. I gave a good discussion in my video.
Read Psalm 42:11, Isaiah 40:28-31, and Romans 8:28. How do these verse impact the way you process hard things? See my video another good discussion.
Do you believe God is who He says He is? Meaning... do you reeeeally believe that He's always good and kind and wise and just? Be honest- with yourself and with Him - because most of us don't always believe all those things all the time. See my video because I actually Agee to disagree with the last part of this question and my own words.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell