Though sometimes we think we know how God operates, the truth is this: we do not understand and we will never be able to figure out how God does things. More often than not, we find something in Scripture that makes us wonder what is going on in heaven. In other words, we often wonder what God is doing. In our passage today, John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ, has been arrested and put in prison.

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Matthew 4:12


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It is in this report that I find two things that are puzzling. First, the forerunner of our Lord is arrested and imprisoned. Why didn’t God rescue him? Why did God allow him to be mistreated like this? Of course we know God is doing something. It is just that we do not understand what that is in the moment. In such circumstances, we expect God a different reaction from God from what we are seeing.


Secondly, after hearing this report, our Lord escapes, in a sense, from Nazareth to live in Capernaum.

Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: Matthew 4:13-14

This must have been very confusing to the followers of Christ. They were waiting for the Messiah King who would rescue them from the hands of the Romans who were colonizing them. But here the expected deliverer is running away instead of rescuing his own forerunner. So what is happening in heaven?


One thing is clear from the other narratives of the gospel. John the Baptist’s public mission was over. In other words, he had finished his God ordained assignment here on earth. Because of this, he had nothing else to do. He had accomplished his mission was. What was left was his transition to eternity.



  1. Have you ever found yourself wondering what is happening in the heavens where God is enthroned? What was it that made you wonder what God was doing? After these circumstances had passed, what did you discover? In other words, were you able to see or understand what God was doing? Did it help you in any way to discover how God operates?
  2. Maybe you are in very confusing circumstances today and you cannot figure out what is happening. May be you are asking yourself, what is God doing right now? What is happening in the heavens? You might even be wondering whether God is aware of your confusion or sufferings. Take courage! God has not lost control of what is happening. There is a passage in the book of Isaiah that is truly comforting.
    1. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. Isaiah 6:1-2
    2. Notice that Isaiah received this vision of heaven in the year King Uzziah died. You can imagine what happens when a king dies. There is mourning, fear, uncertainty, etc.
    3. But it is in such circumstances that God revealed to Isaiah that in spite of what was happening here on earth, nothing had moved HimHe was still seated on His throne fully in control of the universe.
    4. God would like you to know the same applies to your circumstances. God is seated and fully in control of what is happening in the universe.
  3. But God is not only seated and in control. He is doing something even in what seems to be hopeless. Here is a verse that says it all.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

  1. In light of the foregoing, the following will be very helpful when you face such moments of confusion concerning the operation in the heavens.
    1. Know that God is in control
    2. Trust that He is doing something good for you
    3. Pray for God to give you peace of mind (Philippians 4:6-7)
    4. Rely on the unchanging character of God. He is Good! All the time, He is Good! He is also a loving God. His loving-kindness is forever.
    5. Hold on to your faith in God.
    6. Do not give the enemy any room to cause any doubt your God
  2. Has this passage spoken to you in any other way?


For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

 Neither are your ways my ways,”

Declares the Lord.

As the heavens are higher than the earth,

   So are my ways higher than your ways

   And my thoughts than your thoughts.

 Isaiah 55:8-9

This is why


By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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