|“God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.” John 1:6
God cried out through His prophet, “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.”287 God found such a man in John. And John knew that he was God’s man. He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 288. Amazingly John identifies himself by quoting from Isaiah. Apart from Jesus, I know of no other place where a person does this. He also understood his mission: to prepare the way of the Lord. And he knew his message: to call people to repentance.
With all of this, doubt and uncertainty characterized his life. Many came to marvel at him, but few if any manifested change. He drew large crowds, but was his message taken seriously? How could he know? Furthermore, Jesus seeking baptism from him confused him. He died in doubt wondering if Jesus really was his mission.
If you understand from the beginning your life mission, you are rare. Some are more vocal about their doubts than others, but most go through life wondering: “Should I be in vocational ministry or serve Christ in the marketplace? Maybe He wants me to serve Him overseas. Am I doing what God wants me to do?” Every so often our Lord gives you a glimpse of what He is doing to encourage you. Jesus sent word to John just before John died, to assure him that He was the Messiah. He assured the disciples before His death on the Mount of Transfiguration. He may give you a glimpse now and then, but don’t be disheartened if in the midst of all He does to assure you, you still have uncertainty.
287 Ezekiel 22:30
Psalm 77-78 Romans 10 (New King James Version)
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