One could easily become confused at the turn of events as John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” “Are you the one to come?” Did he not just baptize Jesus and hear God speak from above?
Yes, John had lived through a mountain-top experience when Jesus came to him for baptism and he had seen the dove descend on Jesus as he had been told that it would happen, yet now he has slipped back into the valley of doubt.
We, too, have our highs and our lows. We experience Christ in a moving service but then doubt when things do not go just our way. Perhaps it is an unexpected expense, a wayward daughter’s carelessness, or the specter of illness that holds our hearts and minds hostage, and there we are, right back in the valley of doubt. Despair does not have to be our shadow if we but trust in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord of light and our only hope, keep us ever mindful of your loving care that we might remain in your word, trusting in your grace and focused on the truth, so that we might not fall prey to the evil one’s pitfalls. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Ron Hamm,
Vicar at Peace Lutheran Church, in Edmond, OK.