Matthew 11

Today’s Passage: Matthew 11

Doubt is one of the most prevalent hardships for Christians. If we get honest so many of us deal with doubts and questions but we will never express them. Instead of letting them drive us to the feet of Jesus we often let them pull us away. This was not God’s plan.

I cannot begin to write a comprehensive understanding of doubt, its importance, its hardship, or how to perfectly respond to it BUT here in this text we have an example of how to run to Jesus in our doubt. Here we see John wrestle with doubt… with real questions.

That’s right, John the Baptist, the man who BAPTIZED Jesus, SAW the Holy Spirit descend like a dove, and HEARD the voice of Father God speaking about Jesus… the man who experienced Jesus like none other in his life… doubted Jesus during a trial in his life. That is what trials often do… they show us where our trust is, but also shows cracks in our trust. John shows us how to pursue Jesus in the midst of our doubts.


First, we see the question that John had in his heart. While he was in prison, about to die, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (v.3) In other words John is asking Jesus if He truly is the Messiah.

We may think this sounds crazy… John experienced Jesus in a way no one else ever had… How could he doubt Him? I am not sure, but he did. Through John we learn something very valuable. It is not IF we have questions but WHEN we have questions. It does not make us WEAK if we have questions but the right response will make us STRONG. So, how did John respond?


John did not sit on his questions… He did not try to just make it make sense in his own mind… He went straight to the source of Truth. He went to Jesus. Truth does not come from INSIDE of us, Truth comes from OUTSIDE of us. John understood this. This has gotten harder to understand in our relativistic world.

How to go to Jesus?
….. Honest Prayer – Jesus can handle your questions.
….. Heartfelt Worship – Connect your heart to His.
….. Hungry Search for Truth – Spend time in God’s Word and Search.
….. Honor Him By Trusting Him – Trust what you find // see // He reveals in Scripture. ….. Healing By Talking With Others – Others are going through the same thing. Pursue Jesus together. Pray for each other.


Those of us who are struggling with doubt (as I did for a period in my life) feel guilt, shame, like we are less than, like God is looking down on us or that somehow Jesus is frustrated with us. BUT when we see the way He responded to John we know that is not true.

Jesus had every reason to be frustrated with John. He allowed him to experience Him like none other. But Jesus was not frustrated. He told them to tell John what they see… that “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.” (v.4-5) There was GOOD REASON to believe in Jesus… and there still is.

Here we learn that Jesus can handle our questions. He does not cease to be God. He is not worried. He is still on His throne even when we have questions. He is asking us to do the same thing: look at the world, look at Scripture, look at what God has done and is doing… Make the choice to trust Him regardless of what you feel. Truth is not what we FEEL… Truth is what is true REGARDLESS of what we feel. Jesus can handle our questions.


It seems that John accepted what Jesus said because there was no rebuttal. Too often we try to ARGUE with God instead of ACCEPT what He says. We do this the most when we put ourselves in the position of God. When we grasp that God is God and we are not… that truth depends on HIM not on US… we will much easier accept what He says.


Our doubt does not define our worth, value, identity, or if God is pleased with us. We can never earn more or less of His love. Even in his questions, John was declared by Jesus to be a great follower of God (v.11).

Make the choice to let questions drive us to the FEET of Jesus not pull us AWAY from Jesus. Life is full of questions and not all of them have answers (on this side of heaven). The question is will we trust Him regardless of feelings & answers. We must remember that answers don’t solve questions of God… Trust does. Answers are not our God. God is our God.

Knowledge does not = Faith
Faith = Faith
Choose Faith.

How did God speak to your heart today? Have you ever struggled with doubts and questions of God? How did you handle them?

Written By: Nick Parsons

1 Comment

Pat Chaffins - November 21st, 2023 at 7:30am

Thank you Nick for a very powerful commentary today.

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