Thursday, 27th February, 2014
And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
15 and PSLAM 47
READ : Matthew 11:2-6
2 Now when John had heard in the
prison the works of Christ, he sent
two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that
should come, or do we look for
4 Jesus answered and said unto
them, Go and shew John again those
things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and
the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the
dead are raised up, and the poor
have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall
not be offended in me.
When deferred hope prompts a
person to issue queries to God, it is
an indication of the person taking
offence towards God. We have to
settle it in our hearts as children of
God that there can never be
justifiable grounds for us to pick a
fight with God. You can ask God
questions to seek clarification of
issues, but to query Him, that is a
no-go area. The case of John the
Baptist in our Bible reading is one
glaring example of this practice which
some of us also indulge in. John had
himself acknowledged Jesus to be the
Lamb of God that takes away our
sins in John 1:29. But much later, in
the midst of his trouble with King
Herod, who imprisoned him because
he spoke out against Herod’s taking
of his brother’s wife, he sent his
disciples to Jesus. This time, it was
not to complement Jesus, but to air
his doubt about who he had rightly
proclaimed Him to be. Why did it
come to this? It was because he
expected that Jesus as the Messiah
ought to have known about his
situation and to have either spoken
or applied His power in getting him
out of Herod’s custody. To be
imprisoned is not a palatable
experience, yet our knowledge and
confidence in God’s ability, love,
faithfulness and goodness should not
be challenged by our life experiences.
Jesus replied John’s emissaries in
Matthew 11:6 thus:
“And blessed is he, whosoever shall
not be offended in me.”
We must be careful in the midst of
challenges never to allow offence
against God set in our heart.
There is no one who has been saved
for ten years, who would not ask
questions about not seeing
corresponding results or answers to
some prayers. However, you must
realise that life is in phases (Psalm
37:25). Take for example Joseph:
first, he was his father’s favourite
with a special coat (Genesis 37:3),
next he was the dreamer (Genesis
37:19), then he was an interpreter of
dreams (Genesis 40:1-22) and finally
he became the Prime Minister
(Genesis 41:39-46). The journey of
life for Joseph was not all smooth
sailing, but his end was glorious.
Joseph did not begin to issue queries
against God in the evil days of his
life experiences. Life is in phases. In
the eyes of men, some phases are
bad while some are good. As a child
of God you must however remember
“And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28
Action Point
Have a deep reflection to recollect
wherever you may have taken offence
or have been angry with God, and
apologise to Him from your heart.

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