Easy to Doubt & French Toast Soufflé

Matthew 11:2-3 (nirv)

John was in prison. When he heard what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to him. They asked Jesus, “Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?”

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Have you ever had moments that you were so sure of Jesus and His promises, and other times seemed so bleak and unsteady? If so, you’re not alone. Of course I’m talking about myself – I’m right there with you, sister! But I’m also talking about someone who might surprise you to learn about their doubts: John the Baptist.

Sometimes, the circumstances that we’re given in life have a way of causing us to doubt God. That seems to be the case with John. He found himself locked up in prison, and was receiving news about all the great miracles Jesus was performing. It’s interesting to learn that John never personally witnessed those miracles himself. So many doubted Him even after seeing and experiences the miracles, so it seems obvious that John, who never saw any “proof” of Jesus being the Son of God, would eventually find himself in a sea of doubt.

But John was different; John’s mother, Elizabeth, was pregnant with him when the angel told Mary that she would also become pregnant, with the Son of God. Scripture tells us that after Mary met with the angel, she went to visit Elizabeth, and “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the unborn baby inside her jumped, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41 ERV).”

It seems like from before John was born, he had the inside knowledge about Jesus, and the plan that God was rolling out to save creation. If we fast forward into the lives of these babies, turned grown men, we never see the two actually meet until one day, John is baptizing people, and Jesus begins walking toward him. John sees Him and calls out “Look, the Lamb of God (John 1:29).”

John 1:32-34 goes on to say, “Then John told them, ‘I saw God’s Spirit come down from heaven. He came down like a dove and he stayed on Jesus. I would not have known who Jesus was. But God had sent me to baptize people with water. And God told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down. He will stay on someone. That is the person who will baptize people with my Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen this. So, I can tell you that this is God’s Son.’” (EASY)

John also has the honor of baptizing Jesus. He recognizes this great honor by saying, “Why do you come to me to be baptized? I should be baptized by you (Matthew 3:13 ERV)!” All this goes to show that John most certainly believed in Jesus. He was never unsure that the Savior of the World was coming, and he devoted his life to preparing the way for Him.

So then why did John find himself doubting? Circumstances. Challenges. Pain. Isolation. All the same reasons that you and I have doubts from time to time. Life gets hard and God begins to feel distant. We’re not above this, and as much as John loved Jesus and trusted His promises, neither was he. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel and assume that if John the Baptist couldn’t constantly remain faithful, we’re really screwed.

Instead, we can look to the dialogue between John and Jesus for reassurance and guidance. When he felt unsure and afraid, John called out to Jesus. In his message, he was asking for hope, a reminder, a boost in his faith. And Jesus did what He always does; He provided. His response? “Go back to John. Report to him what you hear and see. Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor. Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me (Matthew 3:4-5 NIRV).”

Jesus reminded John of why He came and what He was doing. He emphasized the promises in the Bible that He was fulfilling. And He encouraged Him to hold tight to his faith, because good blessings were to come. There’s not a single human (aside from Jesus) that hasn’t doubted at some point. Jesus tells us that John the Baptist was the most important person to have ever been born (Matthew 3:11). That’s a huge compliment. And yet, the recipient of that compliment? Someone who doubted. Your doubt doesn’t define you. When in doubt, run to Jesus and ask for reassurance; He will provide it.

Write

Are you facing any circumstances that are causing you doubt or fear? Write about them today in your journal.

Pray

Lift up those circumstances to God in prayer, asking Him to calm your heart and provide you with the reassurance and hope that you need today.

French Toast Soufflé

8 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 2 Soufflés Each

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons spelt flour
  • dash of salt
  • syrup for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Separate eggs into whites and yolks
  4. Add yolks to a mixing bowl with syrup and vanilla extract and mix with an electric mixer until thick
  5. Add flour and continue mixing until combined
  6. Set aside
  7. Beat egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes
  8. Gently fold a small amount of the egg whites into the flour mixture
  9. Fold the entire flour mixture into the remaining egg whites
  10. Quickly fill each ramekin and place on a baking sheet
  11. Lower oven to 375 degrees and baking sheet on the lowest oven rack
  12. Bake until golden brown and airy, about 12 minutes
  13. Serve immediately
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