In Doubt

John 20:27-29
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. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Thomas had stewed in his unbelief for a week.  He had not gotten to see Jesus since he had not been with the other disciples when He appeared to them, and he refused to believe without some absolute proof.  Perhaps he didn’t want to be disappointed again and have his hopes and dreams crushed like they may have been when Jesus had died.  Perhaps he wasn’t willing to trust so easily because he had been so hurt.

But Jesus is always trustworthy, even in those situations where our emotions or our thoughts get the best of us.  He is gracious enough to come again when Thomas is there and have this interaction with him so he would have no doubt.  And what happens?  Thomas is humbled by that, and he proclaims Jesus Lord of his life.  He believes fully in everything about Jesus.

I don’t have to doubt Jesus, but sometimes I do.  Sometimes it seems too hard to believe.  Sometimes I don’t want to get my hopes up.  But Jesus is faithful.  He follows through.  He can be trusted wholeheartedly.  And because He is my Lord and my God, when I recognize Him as such, I can go forward believing in all that He is.  There is no reason not to trust Him fully.  Even so, He will help me when I doubt.  I am so thankful that, like with Thomas, He is willing to meet me where I am and then take me where He wants me to go.

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