What are the things that causes doubt to invade your thoughts? Having doubts is not a topic those in the Christian community like to discuss. To openly express one’s doubts is akin to standing fearfully before a firing squad. You just know it’s the end of your creditability and your cool-church-kid cape you have been wearing.
The firing squad stands aimed and ready to fire with scriptures like without faith it’s impossible to please God(Heb 11:6) or let not a double-minded man think he should receive anything from the Lord (see James 1:6-8). When faced with that arsenal of truth, it’s no wonder many keep those secret doubts to ourselves.
But I like the way Thomas handled his doubt. He didn’t silently sit by trying to keep his cool points. Nope, he tore off the mask and acknowledge his true condition.
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 20:25 (NLT)
Thomas admission of doubt doesn’t put him on the grand pedestal of faith. But it does give us an example of how to get the help we need. Jesus was well aware of Thomas’ doubt and he presented himself again to the disciples and specifically addressed Thomas’ doubts.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hands into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” John 20:27 (NLT)
Faith is central to our lives but there is no power in fake faith. Thomas doubt didn’t intimidate Jesus and neither does ours. Although it’s not necessary for us to confess areas of doubt to others, it’s vital that we expose it to the One that can truly help us. It’s rather easy to dismiss this and say you have no areas of doubt but I’m encouraging you to dig deeper.
Perhaps you don’t doubt that Jesus exist but do you doubt that he can use you in service to others?
Do you ever doubt that His word will be fulfilled completely in your life?
Are there times you look at the lives of those you are praying for and doubt they will ever change?
Do you feel unsure if you have the skills to complete a certain task?
Through this journey, I have learned I can be full of faith in some places and lacking it other areas of my life.
What Others Are Sharing on Doubt/Thomas
- TOUCH MY HANDS – A Poem (sharonsharinggod.blogspot.com)
- Amazing or Amusing? (corbenstreet.wordpress.com)
- Doubt builds faith (thegatewaydunk.wordpress.com)
- stop doubting Thomas! (lucy-mills.com)
- Dangerous Wonder by Philip Yaconelli (abookcoffeeandthepark.wordpress.com)
- The Double-Minded Man (iwanttobelieveingod.com)