Well I am sure some of you might be thinking this is a weird title, well allow me to explain. Over the last few weeks or even longer I have been feeling so out of it spiritually. In fact, I cannot recall ever feeling so drained as I feel now in all of my 24 years of walking with God. First off, I know what you might be thinking, this walk has nothing to do with feelings and everything to do with faith. This I know, but there will be times in our life where feelings triumphs faith. Living this life wears us thin and saps our strength to move forward. It can be something which suddenly appears or it could have been something which was building over time that caused the scales to be tipped towards feelings.
In my case it is something that has been affecting me for a long time, 14 years to be exact. Yes you heard me right, 14 years and counting I have been before God and bombarding Him with prayer to resolve a particular problem. At least the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5: 25-34) was 12 years. How come God is allowing me to surpass her numbers and then some.
This thing has affected me so much that even in typing this blog I am getting emotional and feel like crying. It has gotten so bad that I don’t even feel to lift myself to praise God. For those of you who know me personally can attest that when I am in church, I sing and praise God fiercely. I like to leave church tired and exhausted because I believe in pouring out oneself before the Lord. Where has this drive gone? I cannot say for sure but all I know is that I want it back and soon.
Talking to a friend yesterday I was called to remember John the Baptist. Jesus Himself said in Luke 7:18, “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John”. The man who not only had the privilege and honor of baptizing hundreds of people but also Jesus Christ Himself. So, it isn’t surprising that Lord told us that John was the greatest.
But similar to me, even the Great John the Baptist was in a conundrum and questioned his belief in His Lord. When John was in prison and going through his testing his thoughts were wavering. The same man who said, “behold the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29) was now saying, go and ask the Lord, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:19). What a big contrast this was from his earlier statements. It was like John made a 180 degree turn in his thinking and attitude towards Jesus.
I am in no way in the same league with John in terms of greatest and yet still if he can feel low and shaken, then who is simple me to feel otherwise. Meditating on this gave me great comfort and strength knowing that even the greatest among us at times question this path to righteousness.
But thanks be to God, just as He sent a word for me using this scripture in John He sent a word also for John. Jesus told his disciples to go back and tell John this:
Matthew 11:4-6 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
When John was feeling low Jesus commanded his disciples to – “Go Tell John”. But what did they need to tell him? They needed to remind him about the wonders of our Lord, the works of our Lord and that he is truly the only one to give salvation (Link)
The thing is, all of us need a reminder from time to time.
I thank God so much for a word in season (Proverbs 15:23)! If you are feeling disconnected from God in your current season and you require the distance between Him and you to shorten then go and read His word for these are the words of life. They are the living word which can make you live again! Hallelujah! If you don’t have the strength to do it yourself I pray that God the Father sends someone to encourage you just like John. He is still a prayer answering God.
For those of you who’s current season has you soaring on mountain tops then I say keep flying high. But use this opportunity to be a true disciple and, “Go tell John”. John is anyone you have not seen in church for a while, John is anyone you know who is going through a difficult time, John is that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and you don’t know what is going on with them, John is anyone with a sad countenance that comes across your path, I go as far to say that we should let John be anyone who doesn’t know God.
So, I speak to you disciples of Jesus Christ this morning to, Go tell John:
Go tell Sally
Go tell Jim
Go tell Alejandro
Go tell Vladimir
Go tell Francesco
Go tell Everyone that Jesus is Lord and he is close to all those who cry upon him (Psalm 145:18). Salvation is a breath away, just call upon him.
Your brother in the Lord,
Dane A. Miller