11/25 Matthew 11:6

6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."

While imprisoned by Herod, John the Baptist heard about the miracles done by Jesus and His disciples. John sent his own disciples to ask if Jesus was indeed the Messiah. John had already proclaimed that Jesus was the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world before baptizing Him in the Jordan (John 1:29). We can only speculate what caused John to doubt. It may have been the difference in their calling and lifestyle. Or perhaps John wondered why Jesus did not rescue him.

Jesus told John's disciples to go back and tell him what they saw and heard. The blind received their sight and the lame walked, lepers were cleansed, the deaf could hear again, the dead were raised up, and the poor had good news preached to them (Matthew 11:4-5). They saw the fulfillment of Messianic prophesies from Isaiah, the very book from which John often quoted (Isaiah 29:18-19, 42:6-7, 61:1).

When we don't understand what God is allowing us to go through, we can take offense with Him. "Why did He let this happen? If He is really God, then surely He will deliver me." When it comes to our own problems, we often have advice for God. Our situation may be the result of our sin or the sin of others or simply the results of living in a fallen world. God doesn't promise to deliver us from everything that is difficult. He does promise to walk with us through it and cause it to result in good for those who love Him. John was soon beheaded. His work was finished, and he went on to his reward.

Remember: No one does wonders like Jesus. He can get us out of situations we don't like, but if He leaves us there don't be offended at the One who will walk with you through it and cause it to result in good. Cling to Him and be blessed!