Last night during our nightly family devotionals we discussed John chapter 20. We setup a 2 year reading through the Bible plan and it has been working out pretty well. We ended talking about Didymus or Thomas.
25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Wow! How could he be such a doubter?
Wait, let’s think about this. Unless He shows me a sign I will not believe. What we hear today is, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” We may not say it that way, but our actions speaker louder than our words. Do we take God’s promises that He left us in His word for granted? I’m not going to go through all the promises, but let’s look at two.
Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
If we have accepted Christ do we feel safe? What do we fear? Do we live a life knowing that He is in control and in no part of our life should we face fear?
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Do we live day to day knowing that God is going to supply our needs? Sometimes we have to go back to the Kindergarten Character Study of Needs v. Wants. What are our decisions based on? Fear of providing for our needs? Combining two of the above that contradicts God’s promises.
If someone tells you that they don’t believe you, you have two choices. You can prove them wrong or you can write them off. Thank God He doesn’t write us off. We see how he deals with Thomas.
John 20:27 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.
28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
I’m sure Thomas was embarrassed or maybe he wasn’t. I tend to think that all that didn’t matter at the time he saw Christ again. I bet looking back on it those words did come screaming back to him though. We can only imagine the great things those disciples heard and witnessed until His ascension. The clear fact is that Thomas was still with the disciples. He was in the place Christ had told them to stay until He returned. Thomas may have doubted, but he was still there. Jesus didn’t kick Thomas out of the upper room when he returned. He does the same for us over and over again. He takes our doubt and continually proves it was unwarranted!