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Theologian Peter Abelard (1079-1142) stated, “By doubting we come to inquiry, by inquiry we come to truth.” Today, let your faith be messy. During this time of Lent Fast, let’s fast the faith that fits in a box or appears to have all of the answers.

John the Baptist declared Jesus the Messiah when he stood on the banks of the Jordan River, but then from prison asked, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matt 11:3) This side of eternity, we may never know what prompted John’s question, but given what he witnessed of Jesus’ ministry, it is easy to think that Jesus didn’t act like John had expected the Messiah to act. Certainly, that was true for the Pharisees and the religious leaders. Jesus came from the lowly town of Bethlehem. He was the son of a carpenter. He hung out with tax collectors and fishermen. He didn’t look like one who came to claim a kingdom, or a people as his own. Jesus’ actions didn’t match John’s expectations.

Jesus’ actions are often not what we expect. John’s question may echo through your own thoughts. When our prayers bring a different looking answer than we contemplated, we too can wonder if Jesus is truly who we thought He was; a critical point Henry Blackaby describes as a “crisis of faith.” Questions, inquiry, as John did, are healthy. They point to a living, growing, active faith that is searching to be more intimate with Jesus Christ. Questions lead to a closer walk with Jesus and through that seeking we grow to be more like Him…share your thoughts today with Jesus.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalms 139:17, 23)

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on Him now while He is near…” (Isaiah 55:6)

“My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.” (Romans 12:2)

“Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever date to ask or hope.” (Eph 3:20)

 

 

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