4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:4-6
Jesus didn’t answer John directly. Instead He answered with evidence of His works. He accentuated His works with a curious verse, verse 6.
Jesus realized that following Him would be an arduous task, full of self-doubt and hatred from others.
He knew the cost associated with following Him, though it’s not always apparent at the time of conversion.
He even knows that we’re going to stumble in our faith, but that we can learn and grow from it.
What does stumbling look like?
- Giving up hope that you’ll be able to reach someone.
- Getting discouraged because you don’t seem to be growing in your faith.
- Becoming discouraged because you think you’re the only one in your organization who has faith.
- Getting discouraged because your prayers don’t seem to penetrate your four walls, let alone God Himself.
Jesus is still in the business of restoring broken lives and relationships, saving the lost, healing the sick, and so much more.
So, don’t be discouraged due to your current circumstances or even geopolitical events, many of which could change the world in a week’s time.
God is still working in our lives.
He’s working in the lives of those you are praying for.
He’s renewing your faith even though you may not feel it.
He’s raising up men and women behind us to carry the torch of faith.
He is still a good God.