There are times when circumstances impact the level of certainty we have about things. There are also times when circumstances impact the level of certainty we have about someone (sometimes even including ourselves). Circumstances like these can often lead us to ask questions – sometimes even surprising questions.
A first century guy named John the Baptist found himself in circumstances leading to a level of uncertainty about who Jesus is (though it’s unclear whether the uncertainty was his or others) – which is a little surprising because he previously seemed very certain. In part 4 (Surprising Question) of CCC’s Without a Doubt series, the circumstances, surprising question, and Jesus’ answer provide a path to clarify and strengthen what we believe.
Check out the circumstances, question and answer in Matthew 11:1-18 and the next step of considering the following questions about how doubt can creep in when things aren’t as we expect them to be.
- What’s the most surprising question you’ve ever been asked? What were the circumstances?
- What’s the most surprising question you’ve ever asked? What were the circumstances?
- How might the circumstance of imprisonment impacted John’s state of mind?
- How might the circumstance of imprisonment opened the door for doubt to creep in to what John believed?
- In what ways could John’s question serve to clarify and strengthen what he believes about who Jesus is?
- John asks about the “expected” Messiah – how do expectations impact what we believe about who someone is?
- In what ways can our expectations distort what we believe about who someone is?
- How would the things Jesus had done and said provide an answer to the question asked by John?
- Why do you think Jesus didn’t provide a clear “yes” or “no” verbal answer to John’s question?
- How would you describe the difference between doubt and unbelief?
- If you could ask Jesus a question to clarify and strengthen what you believe, what would you ask?
- What next steps will you take to choose whether or not to place your trust in who Jesus is?
Doubt can creep in when circumstances are not what we expect. But doubt does not have to be the enemy of what we believe. Instead, doubt can become a crossroads where we ask great questions to actually clarify and strengthen what we believe. Doubt can lead us down the path to choose in what or whom we will place our trust.
Today is Monday – make it a day you take a step toward choosing in whom you will place your trust!