Finding Company in the Low Times
Low times are a part of life… we are sympathetic to everyone around us when they find themselves in the midst of struggle, grief or depression, but when we find ourselves there, we aren’t as easy on ourselves or as forgiving and compassionate.
Whether it’s a difficult work situation and you doubt your role. Your marriage has been rocky for a long time and it’s just hard to imagine going on another day. Finances seem to fall short and your bills are stacked to the ceiling and you’re just not sure you’re gonna be able to make it. And one more thing, one more small thing on our plate and we feel we’ll be crushed. In the midst of all of this or even just one small part of it, and after you’ve prayed for the 100th time you wonder if God is who he says he is and if he’s really listening. Jesus you call out wondering if he’ll answer and you start to doubt.
What do you do when you’re in this situation at the end of your rope and wondering if God is all he says he is? Well, we’ll try to get to that in a few days, but for right now, I want you to know that you are not the only one in the mess of life, nor the only one who has found themselves doubting. Look around you… do you see someone? They’ve been there.
And today I want to take a look at a guy in the Bible, a pretty famous guy who doubted too.
You remember John, John the Baptizer, who introduced Jesus as savior… “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” ~ John 1.29. John, who baptized Jesus and heard the voice of God and saw the Spirit descend on Jesus… you know John.
Yep John doubted too. Check this out… ”Calling two of them [his disciples], he [John] sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” ~ Luke 7.18-19.
Does that surprise you? It does me. Not that he doubts maybe, but that he doubted about Jesus. But John was in a bad spot and I think that’s when we tend to let the doubts in too. John was in prison, and when we can find ourselves in difficult situations; job loss, relationships strained, whether it’s your spouse, your parents or maybe your kids are acting like, well like they act… the pressure and the doubts find a way in.
Know this… you are not alone. If and when you find yourself in a situation and you start to question God. Know you’re not alone.