I really needed a new purse. The unsightly frayed strap and broken zipper proved it. So, I headed to Steinmart. I love Steinmart. Two hours and a “few” dollars later I emerged. I brought home shoes, jeans, and a couple of tops, but no purse. I went shopping to replace my broken purse. I failed my task because I was distracted. I lost my focus.

Trials can cause doubt

Sometimes our earthly circumstances distract us. The temporary trials and difficulties of life cause us to lose our focus on Christ. Even John the Baptist struggled with this:

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?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 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. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:2-6, NIV

John had baptized Jesus and heralded His arrival. He had committed his life to obeying God no matter the cost. His obedience got him thrown in prison. Faced with severe suffering, he needed reassurance. The circumstances were not what he had expected. Did he get it wrong?

Allow Jesus to strengthen your faith

Jesus reminded John of the truth.

I am the One who’ve been waiting for. The miracles prove it. Stand firm through these trials and you will be blessed.

Perhaps your circumstances raise questions in your mind. Does God care? Is He watching? Is He still there?

Bring your questions to Jesus. Go back to what you know to be true. Search God’s Word for His promises. He loves you. He knows your pain. He will strengthen you in the midst of your trials.

What questions do you have for Jesus today?

What truths in God’s Word do you need to be reminded of?

This post linked to Faith Filled Friday at BeholdingGlory.com

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