Recently my circumstances have caused me to doubt what I believe to be true in the Word of God. I have come to question some of the promises that God has made in His Word. If you were honest with me, you would say that there were times in your life, maybe even now, where you have done the same thing. Why is this? Why do we seem so confident about God’s promises when we are on the mountain top, but so confused about His promises when we are in the valley?
This dilemma isn’t anything new. We see John the Baptist wrestle with the same thing in his life. We see him boldly proclaim Jesus as Lord in John chapter 1, but later on when he is placed in prison, we see him start to doubt his proclamation in Matthew chapter 11. While John the Baptist is in prison, he sends his disciples to ask Jesus “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (See Matthew 11:3 ESV) But Jesus responds “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (See Matthew 11:4-6 ESV) In other words, Jesus was saying “John just because your circumstances have changed doesn’t mean that I have changed. I am greater than your circumstances.”
The same holds true for you today. The writer of Hebrews tells you that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (See Hebrews 13:8 ESV) Your circumstances may change, but Jesus never changes. The same Jesus that was with you in the pinnacle of your life is the same Jesus that will be with you in the prison of your life. The same Jesus that was with you on top of the mountain is the same Jesus that will be with you down in the valley. Your situation doesn’t change your Savior. Your circumstance doesn’t change your Christ. Jesus is greater than your valley. Jesus is greater than your prison. Jesus is greater than your situation. Jesus is greater than your circumstance.