Removing Doubt

John 20:27-28
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Thomas is known for his doubt, but he didn’t stay there, because Jesus graciously led him out of it.  Jesus doesn’t want us to remain faithless, so He offers to us whatever we need to move past unbelief into faith.  He would allow Thomas a careful examination of His wounds to give him the faith he needed. Thomas had to see to believe, but now that he had seen, perhaps he never doubted anything about Jesus ever again.  Perhaps this one moment where he couldn’t bring himself to accept the truth would solidify his faith in Jesus for the rest of his life.

What is our point of doubt?  Is there some area where we feel stuck in unbelief?  Jesus will come to us and reveal Himself anew to our hearts and give us exactly what we need to believe.  So let’s not be faithless, but believe—believe on Jesus and believe in Him and believe Him, because all He says is true.  Even if it’s something we can’t wrap our minds around, something too amazing to comprehend, we have to believe Him and we have to trust Him.  He’s proven His faithfulness over and over, so we have no reason not to believe.

All that Jesus wants from all of us is for us to believe His Word.  All He wants is for us to trust what He has said and then act accordingly.  He wants us to base our lives on His truth that He has given to us.  So, are we willing to go forward by faith?  Will we be content to take Jesus at His word without having to see something for ourselves?

As Thomas found out, Jesus is really alive.  He endured those horrific wounds.  He actually died.  But now He lives forever.  And we can put our faith and trust in Him.  We can submit to Him as our Lord and our God.  We can live our lives for Him.  We can look to Him for every need of our hearts.  Doubts will come into our lives.  They are an inevitable part of life in a confusing world.  But doubt is only wrong if we stay there instead of seeking out the truth for ourselves, opening our eyes to what Jesus will reveal to us.  So let us be like Thomas and step out of our unbelief into unquestioning faith in Christ.

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