Whispers of Doubt

“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Matthew 11:3 Locked in a dark, damp prison cell, after such hope had appeared before his eyes, John the Baptist was left to question the truth of what he had seen. Images of heaven’s glory shining down upon Jesus in the Jordan River were now replaced with the dark shadows that covered the prison walls. The surreal voice proclaiming, “This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17), was now drowned out by voices of doubt whispering in John’s mind. Was Jesus really the one for whom he had prepared the way? Or could he have been mistaken? Similar voices want to whisper words of doubt into our own minds as we journey Read More

The Shadow of the Almighty

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, who set to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of the Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!”  Isaiah 30:1-2 Who do you look to when you need to be saved? Who is your refuge and your ally? Back in the time of the prophet Isaiah, the “stubborn children” of Israel looked to Egypt and its Pharaoh for hope when facing threats from the nearby kingdom of Assyria. Egypt, however, was an ironic choice since it had cruelly enslaved and oppressed God’s Read More