Stop Doubting About It
To doubt is to be uncertain about something or to consider something unlikely. When you know that God has spoken, promised, or shown you something, do you still have doubt about it?
The disciples were excitedly sharing with one another at their weekly meeting on the evening of that first day of the week, about seeing Jesus after he was resurrected from the dead. One who wasn’t with them when they saw Jesus, just sat there and listened to it all and part of him was still unconvinced and he voiced his doubts. One of the disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” (John 20:24-25, NLT). Because of this, he is known by another nickname today, that of “Doubting Thomas” and it’s stuck, labeled on him. Think about it, would you have responded in this manner also?
As the disciples gathered again some time later, Jesus showed up and this time Thomas was in attendance at the meeting. Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. (John 20:26-28, NLT). After this experience, he began to trust and believe. Thomas wanted to believe in the first place but was just honestly searching for the truth. When Jesus showed up, his doubts were gone. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” (John 20:29, NLT).
Temporary, occasional doubting is normal in our Christian life. It could even be a good thing if it draws us to search harder for God. Wallowing in unbelief is displeasing to the Lord. If you are wrestling with doubt about anything today, ask God to give you a fresh look at our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. And when he does, stop doubting about whatever it is!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, by your blood you cleanse us, by your mercy you save us, by your resurrection you give us hope. How can we help but live to give you praise! Though we don’t see you, we love you more than words can say. Oh, then what shall it be when we see you on that day! In your name we pray on this day, Amen!
Scripture of the Day: “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” - John 20:29 (NLT)