Thomas- OK to have Doubts
The famous story of ‘doubting Thomas’ is recorded in John 20:24-29.
All Christians suffer from doubt at one time or another. It is what we do with the doubt that matters, and Thomas provides encouragement.
After living three intimate years with Jesus, witnessing the miracles and hearing the teachings, the loss of his dear friend must have left Thomas in heart-breaking despair and anguish. Later, Jesus appeared alive to some of His disciples, comforting them and proclaiming the Good News that death could have no victory. Thomas was not at the initial meeting, and doubted. Jesus sympathized with His friend’s weakness (Heb 4:15) appearing to Thomas personally. Seeing the risen Christ, Thomas no longer doubted but proclaimed in faith, “My Lord and my God”.
Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus said He would not leave us alone, but would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit to live within us and give us the power to follow Jesus. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;” ~Rom 8:28 (NASB )
Looking at Thomas, we can see when facing extreme situations, Jesus does not appeal to our understanding but calls us to trust the Lord with all our heart (Prov 3:5). Also, Jesus will mature and perfect our faith until He returns (Heb 12:2). We can be “confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Phil 1:6 When overwhelmed with worry and concern, we can turn to Jesus for greater faith to overcome our doubts, crying, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).
Today’s Training: Do you have questions? Jesus was not afraid of answering questions. Are you facing a crisis that is shaking your faith to its core? Even Thomas, who with Jesus incarnate for 3 years, needed His help when in despair and anguish. Confide with a friend who can remind us that we have a God who sympathizes with our weaknesses, and with help we too can cry out, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”