Devotional 4/1

John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’ Luke 7:20

The anointing of God is priceless, but there’s a price for the believer to maintain it.

 

When God manifested Himself in the flesh, He visited His people but they did not recognize Him. They expected the king of Israel to come in shining armor, custom jewels on a white horse.

We can see that John the Baptist, also had a different expectation than what He actually experienced. He did not expect to end up in jail and questioned His entire belief system at one point: “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” We go through ups and downs in our journey of faith, and in our humanity we tend question God when things don’t happen how we’d like.

Disappointment is the result of experiencing a reality which is different from what we thought it should be. Many people expect a problem free life with God, and for all prayers and desires to be granted. But the bible says that in this world we will have trouble!God has not let us down. He did not let John down either. Jesus’ response to the messengers was, tell John what you see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor (Mat. 11:4). The Lord was telling John, if you are in prison because of me: rejoice! We rejoice in our suffering because it blesses others. Like Joseph who went through hell- but became a blessing to His people. It is better to accept and trust the hand we are dealt, than it is to blame God or question Him.

There is a price to do God’s work on the earth: it costs us (our life) to belong to Jesus. We deny our flesh, walk as Jesus would and submit to His lordship rather than our own will. We also have to love our enemies, and be still when we are lied on, hated on, mocked, rejected and attacked because of our faith. We must recognize that through problems, heartbreak, and false expectations God is with us, He is Lord over all, and He is for us and not against!

The salvation of the world is God’s ultimate priority, so life is no longer about us. He intends to fulfill that purpose through us. REJOICE!

 

Lets pray:

Father God, we understand that you build our strength and our faith in the suffering. We understand that you makes testimonies of the tests, and you give us authority in the Spirit. I pray for the people who are busy being mad, and are losing their sight. I pray you help them see that You are up to something and that they can refocus their mind and hearts to walk in alignment with you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.  

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