No One Greater

Occasionally we receive a compliment that seems amazing to us and far beyond anything we deserve.

When I think of the greatest of compliments, I think of what Jesus said about John the Baptist: “Among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist“ (Matthew 11:11). If you would like to see a summary of Jesus’ appraisal of John the Baptist, please click here.

In spite of his greatness, John struggled while in prison to see the hand of God at work. He sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). He meant, “Are you the Messiah?“

What made John doubt, and what can we learn from this great man of God?

First, it’s easy to doubt and lose heart. We instinctively know this and our own experience makes that plain. You can certainly see why John doubted and why he seemed deflated.

He had almost everything to make a person down and out. He was isolated, in prison, probably beaten daily, and facing no physical way out. All he could see was evil winning. Because of his isolation he could not see the way the kingdom of God was already present in the person of Jesus.

No wonder he doubted.

Second, the experience of John teaches us that in times of depression and doubt we must look to facts, truth, and God‘s way.

Facts and truth are absolutely essential for dealing with depression. Depression tends to make us look at feelings when we should be looking at facts.

Third, don’t follow what seems right; follow what is right.

Jesus’ answer to John dealt with facts and truth. He didn’t talk about what may have seemed correct in John’s experience but what was correct from God Himself. We need to do the same. We need to trust the promises of God, knowing that God is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us. We need to remember that God is at work and is bringing everything to a grand conclusion.

Many people will tell us what seems right to them, but we must be those who hear God’s voice.

Finally, in times of doubt and depression, trust God and his blessings and promises.

It’s easy to listen to others when we should be listening to God. Hearing God’s voice will keep us on track, knowing that He is in control.

All this week, I am writing about John the Baptist and his amazing ministry, particularly as recorded in Matthew 11. If you would like to receive all of my daily looks at Scripture, you can subscribe to your own free copy of my blog in the box below or at



  1. Scott Cannon
    Oct 25, 2017

    Thank you for reminding us about this truth. We tend to think we are the only ones with doubt when in reality, we all struggle with times of doubt.

  2. Sonny Warren
    Oct 25, 2017

    Thanks Waylon, just what I needed for today.

  3. The Millers
    Oct 25, 2017

    For years every time a thought or statement starts with “I feel” your words come to mind. I back up, remember God’s truths and start over.
    My better half may have referred to this as a “Mulligan”.
    Thank you Waylon.

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[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)