Judges 1, 2 & Luke: 7:1-30

John the Baptist sent two disciples to ask Jesus, “Are You the Coming One or do we look for another?”  Christ answered, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Is there any other who could have done these things then or now? Still, in the history of Israel, God frequently had to remind the people to look at all He was doing and had done for them.  It would seem that the miracles of the Exodus, the supernatural answer to Joshua’s prayer that the sun would stand still, or the conquest of the Canaanites would have built up the faith and reliance on God.  Yet Israel began slipping back into fear and disobedience, such as allowing the Canaanites to continue living alongside them (Judges 1,2).

How am I like the generation that forgot God?  Should I ask myself if I am listening to someone other than the God who performs miracles right before my eyes? Why do I give the enemy a foothold by holding back on what I know to be truth?  Sometimes I do use an opportunity to share a testimony of God’s love and mercy, yet how many other times did I let that opportunity pass by?  I hold back on testifying to God’s goodness, feeling anxious, worried, and fearful and thinking that I have nothing to say that would lead a person to Christ or impact the lifestyle of someone living without the knowledge of God.  I rationalize that it is not my place to give unsolicited opinions or advice or to determine what another should experience.  Overthinking like this can lead to faulty reasoning, then possibly talking me out of witnessing. When I stop looking for the only one who can re-direct me, I set into place God’s correction in the form of testing – is this His way to remind me of His great mercies?

Then I remember, my story is not so much about me as about the One whose sacrifice sustains me.  John the Baptist was still in prison when he asked if Jesus was the One.  There are many all around us who are asking this same question.  All I need do is share how real He is in my life.  Jesus Christ is the One who can perform miracles for those who hear His word.  I am the one who can speak about the fulfilment of His word.



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