John’s disciples told him about all these things (performing miracles). Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:18-20)
Have you ever felt so alone you questioned the existence of God? During elementary school I was so painfully shy, I couldn’t force myself to speak to my classmates, so they ignored me too. I felt alone, angry at God for making me shy. I questioned His existence.
John the Baptist was also a loner, choosing wilderness for home. A miracle child, born to older parents, an angel announced his birth. His father, though mute during John’s gestation, spoke prophesy after his birth. Curiosity about John and God’s blessing shot him to celebrity status when he exited the desert, baptizing and preaching to thousands.
Now John was in jail, feeling lonely, probably depressed, thinking his purpose was finished. John heard through his disciples that Jesus performed miracles. If Jesus was the Messiah, why didn’t Jesus perform a miracle to release him from jail? Because John had one more mission – letting us know we aren’t alone questioning God. Even the most faithful do. And John shows us what to do with our questions – take them directly to Jesus.
Lord, thank you for telling me I’m not alone when I question you. Give me courage to ask you directly. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.