Thursday, August 5, 2010

Daily Light - August 5, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying,
'Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?'"
Luke 7:19

Doubt, it creeps into each of our lives. When we came to Christ by faith, we were so assured that He was the way, the truth, and the life. We had listened to the persuading voice of the Holy Spirit in our heart and conscience. We understood with conviction that Jesus Christ was not only the Savior of the world, but He was our personal Savior. We had joy unspeakable and full of glory as we testified to others what He had done in our life. However, as life went on, the poison of doubt began to seep into our mind. We were completely unaware of it, but it was not long until we felt its effects. Perhaps we didn't doubt that Christ was our Savior, but we struggled with the thought that He was Lord of our lives. Everything was spinning out of control, and it seemed as if God was no where to be found. So we asked the questions in our mind: "Am I living a lie? Is God really all powerful? If He is so loving, how could bad things happen?"
John the Baptist went through this same scenario. The man who was the forerunner of the Messiah is now questioning his life's mission. Why would he do such a thing? Everything changes when you are in a prison cell knowing that your life could be taken from you at any moment. After all, he wasn't there because he had done anything wrong. He was in this position because he had stood up for the truth. That really seems quite unfair. When life is unfair, we begin to think that God is unfair. Bad things shouldn't happen to good people. God must not be in control after all. Our doubt also affects others. Can you imagine what the discussion was like between John's two disciples as they went to Jesus? That is why I compared doubt to a poison or venom. It so easily spreads without any warning.
Where does this doubt come from? Need I remind you that Satan is a deceiver and the father of lies? He knows that you will not receive a blatant denial of Christ or His power, so he plants seeds of doubt. He has done that from the very beginning with Eve in the Garden of Eden. His goal however is not simply doubt, but it is ultimately denial. He wants you to doubt that God is good, so he uses the circumstances in your life to convince you that God is not either powerful enough or loving enough to prevent hardship, pain, and tragedy. Jesus knew this whenever John's disciples came to Him, and He responded firmly but compassionately. He told them to realize that everything that had been prophesied about the Messiah was being fulfilled. He was informing John of the fact that the Word was true and that He was the Truth.It is faith in Christ that brought you into this relationship, and it is daily faith in Christ that will sustain it. God who was true at the beginning is true at the end. He is the Alpha and the Omega. When you take an inventory of your life, you will realize that God has kept His promises. It is so true to say that He has been more faithful to us than we have to Him. He loves you with an everlasting love no matter what the enemy may tell you. He is your friend and God. He is your hope and life. He is your strength in your weakness, your light in your darkness. He is Lord of all and the Savior of the world. Trust Him today once again.
May you live free of doubt today!

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