September 14 – Not All Blessings Materialize on Earth

Jesus gave his cousin John the affirmation he needed.  We are at the point in God’s Story when John the Baptizer is now in prison.  Things did not go well for John when he rightly condemned Herod for marrying his own brother Philip’s wife.  So from a prison cell, John basically wanted to know, “Jesus, are you the Messiah or is someone else coming?”  John desired reassurance that he had lived his life with meaning and purpose as he pointed people to Jesus.

Jesus gave this confirmation: “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.  And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’”  Yes, John, your life has been worth it!  Don’t give up now.  All of us, from time to time, need this kind of encouragement.  Press on; know that God does care when we stand up for the sake of righteousness.  He will bless us.  Do not give up.  Don’t turn away.  Not all blessings materialize on earth.

Luke 7:22-23 NLT (also in Matthew 11:4-6)