"And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
Matthew 11:6 (ESV)
[To offend is to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury. It doesn't always imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting.]
Have you ever been offended?
Have you ever been offended by God?
Many times recently, actually. It's very difficult to accept all that comes from the Lord, especially the hard and the unexplainable. Good to know that I'm not alone in this. John the baptist, like me, was offended by his own Savior too.
The beginning of Matthew 11 tells us about how John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus if He is in fact that awaited messiah.
Here's a background story: John was put in prison shortly after Jesus was baptized. John, who was sent to prepare the way for Jesus, never saw the ministry of Jesus on earth. Little did John know that preparing the way for the Messiah would cost him his head.
In Matthew 3, we read about Jesus' baptism. John knew who Jesus was. So why did he doubt in prison? Should Christians doubt in the misdt of their persecution too? What threatened John's conviction and revelation of Jesus?
The Lord revealed this to me: "John was offended that he was in jail. He thought that he didn't deserve to die, after all, he had prepared the way for Jesus. He possessed the spirit of Elijah. He couldn't understand why I would put him in a place of persecution after doing My will.You too have fallen into the same mindset. You must learn to accept my plans as they unfold, whether they seem fit to you or not. Blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
Dearest reader, do not be offended by Him who loves you. Times are hard but He promised not to leave us or forsake us. His plans are for a greater good. Wait for the Lord and trust, like John waited as he prepared the way. There's a promise of blessing for those that do so.