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lundi 17 février 2020, par Esther Elliot-Nyuma

“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else ?” Matthew 11:2-3

When believers are faced with unforeseen and unexpected problems and challenges, they begin to question God, their faith, and almost everything they had believed about God’s Word and the power thereof. This becomes detrimental to them – hence, it begins to work against their faith and their ability to conquer battles and courage to get out of the situation.

This was the case with John the Baptist. The same John who introduced Jesus as “the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29) is seen raising controversies through his own disciples about whether Jesus is the promised Messiah or He should expect another. This happened when he was thrown into prison. Probably he expected Christ to visit him and use his power to get him out ; because he did not see any sign of this happening, he became unstable.

Also, Jesus during His crucifixion asked, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me ?” (Matthew 27:46). To the onlookers then, it is possible to believe that God did forsake Jesus. Should that be true, it will be convincing to conclude that He will forsake us when we are faced with challenging moments. However, as events unfolded after the crucifixion, the truth that is revealed confirmed that nothing can separate us from the love of God ; not even death as Paul explains in Romans 8:37-39. This is a clear show that God sometimes permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calming the storm demonstrates that He has power over nature. The disciples were not in danger because they made foolish choices, but because they obeyed Jesus. Sometimes when God leads us into storms, He goes with us. So, let us see those trials as opportunities to bring us closer to God rather than separating us from God’s Word of love. We should not let life’s storms drive us to depression but should bring us to greater dependence on Him.

Let us be assured that even when we do not feel God’s presence in the midst of our storms, we can still believe His promise ; “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

My prayer is that God will keep us stable and victorious in every challenges we are facing in Jesus Name.

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