John 20:26-29 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Here we see where the phrase, “doubting Thomas” came from. Jesus had appeared to all his disciples previously, but Thomas was absent. He heard from the other disciples that they had seen Jesus raised from the dead. But Thomas refused to believe it unless he saw it with his own eyes.
Have you ever been that way? I know I have. I’m a physicist, so it’s natural for me to want “hard proof” about things.
But notice what happens in this passage. Yes, Thomas had doubts. But Jesus came and revealed himself to Thomas, challenging his doubts and encouraging him to believe. Then He says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Wow. Doesn’t that put a new twist on things? To believe, in spite of any doubts or fears we may have. And yet, I believe that is what He wants us to do . . . just simply trust him, to take him at his word, even when we can’t see or understand. After all, He had told them that he would be crucified. He had promised that he would be brought back to life. But the disciples didn’t understand that until after it happened.
This is a lesson I have to constantly be reminded of. I see all the great and wonderful things God does, but when times get tough I tend to revert to worrying about things instead of just simply letting go, and letting God work.
Father God, please forgive me for the many times I fail to believe and let doubts and fears take over. Please help me to just simply trust and believe you will do what you say. Amen