I believe there are untold numbers of Genuine Believers today who are struggling with despair. They wonder why nothing is working out, and why life just seems so very difficult. Now if everything is going well for you today, just hang on; if you live very long, you’ll face some daunting challenges. But there are some who are really in a deep dark dungeon, and they see no way out.
Let me tell you there is light and hope for you.
John The Baptist was a great man, yet he was in the dungeon of despair. He had though Jesus was the one who would finally deliver the Jews, and he had testified that Jesus was the Son of God, yet John was in prison, facing an uncertain future. He could not understand why, if Jesus was who He claimed to be, that John was going through all this trouble.
Do you ever feel that way? “Jesus, I believe in you, but here I am. Why? If You’re really God why don’t you deliver me?”
John asked that same question, and Jesus answered him in Matthew chapter 11 with these words, “...Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see: the blind receive their sight 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.”
Jesus was saying to John, “I’m still in charge, don’t despair because things aren’t going according to your schedule, or according to your plan. Trust me. I have not been sidetracked from My plan which is set from eternity past.” If you’re in despair, look to Jesus, the author and finisher of you faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb 11:6
Jesus will not castigate you when you come to Him and honestly admit that you have fallen into despair because of the dungeon you find yourself in. He will comfort and encourage you. He will empower you to face each day, trusting Him that all is going according to His plan. You can sing with the hymn writer, “I know what ‘ere befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.”
© Mike Rasberry 2015