When John the Baptist rebuked Herod for marrying his brother’s wife, he ended up in prison for that kind of preaching. John the Baptist stood for righteousness and was bold in his preaching. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother womb and that is why he was instrumental in preparing people for the coming of Jesus Christ.
This is also the reason why he preached with boldness. God used this man so much that large numbers of people attended his water baptisms at the River Jordan. People did not even know what all this symbolized, but they just knew they had to confess their sins and be baptized. Most people were excited about John until Jesus came on the scene. It is all because John’s ministry prepared people for the coming of Christ.
Now, when Jesus began his ministry John was put in prison and during that time doubts began to go through John’s mind. He wondered if Jesus was the anointed one they were waiting for all this time. It was almost like he forgot what he said when he pointed at Jesus and said, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The most central question is, where was God in that situation?
In Matthew 11:3 John the Baptist sent a message to Jesus and asked, “… Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another” (KJV). In prison John the Baptist wanted to make sure Jesus was the Messiah. He did the will of God and now wanted to make sure what he was not going through prison life for speaking the truth in vain. Did God forget about John the Baptist? Not at all.
There may be times in our lives when we feel like we are alone. We wonder where God is when we are faced with insurmountable obstacles of life. We question and wonder if the decision we made contributed to the troubles we are facing. Sometimes we are tempted to think that maybe and just maybe we missed the will of God.
The truth is that God has not forgotten about you. In Hebrews 6:10 the Bible says, ”For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (KJV). If he cannot forget about the good works of faith, he will never forget you because you are special to him. He has bought you with the precious blood of Jesus Christ and you are always on his mind.
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