“Doubting Thomas” No Way
Do you wonder what Jesus really looks like? I have never seen a vision of him or any divine revelation of his presence. I know that there are those who are fortunate enough to have received such glorious visions, and I thank God for that; His incredible mercy and grace to reveal such things to men. But for those like me, who live by faith, God actually commands us too, for our unsighted belief. The disciple Paul says, 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV) “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Not really understanding God’s promises, many times before, I have asked God for a sign; you know, just as the old saints of the Bible did. Nothing like turning back the sun, but small things like give me a phone call, or stop something from happening; needless to say, I did not get my sign, and if I did, most of the time, it was not from God. The devil hears our fleeces, also. Although faith in God’s promises was required even in the days of Abraham, it seems like He walked closer with the Saints during those times, giving them signs that he was there among them.
In studying God’s world, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I am now under a new Testament; God is always with me, nurturing my spirit toward growth. With the sacrifice of Jesus, our new testament demands we believe the promises of God, although we do perceive them with our outward senses.
Thomas, one of the disciples, could not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, although the others told him they had seen Him. Today we call him doubting Thomas, and use the title “Doubting Thomas” when others have pessimistic attitudes in our ideas or beliefs, not necessarily spiritual always. The story did not end with Thomas in unbelief, though, Jesus in his great love for the disciple, revealed Himself to him. I believe that because of Jesus’ caring nature, and His desire to help Thomas continue along the path as a disciple, He gave him an opportunity He never offered the others.
John 20:26-28 (NKJV) 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Thomas did finally believe, but the Holy Spirit helped me to understand that blind faith in Jesus, is precious to God, and He rewards those who continue to trust although there is no evidence around them as to His promises. Jesus continued, after Thomas touched his scars, and said to him, John 20:29 (NKJV) “Thomas because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” It is faith in Jesus, what Jesus’ death has done, Gods great love, and His mercy that allows us to possess the blessing that He has given.
I will not say that doubt does not enter my mind, the devil who is faithful in trying to take away my peace, is always there; sending people to attemp to seek to take away my dream, and making doubts flow within my mind as to why I cannot and should not believe. If faith is so important to God, then why is so hard sometimes? I only need to look around me to answer that question. The principles of the earthly world do not allow for faith. Moreover, those of us who love Jesus are sometimes blind to the lies of the devil allowing sickness, depression, hate, poverty, racism, etc. to overwhelm us.
The truth is, we only need just believe in God’s goodness and have faith that he wants only the best for us. John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” I believe that when we can show God’s miracles to the world, we impact it by our own wonderful testimonies of God’s love; and when we do, maybe it will be a lot nicer place to be.
I thank God, the Holy Spirit showed me how real He (God) is, through his words and the enduring blessing that he regularly gives me. Many are not life changing, daily ones, so small at times, I tend to overlook them until I meditate upon my day. Nevertheless, I am here to confess that God is good to me, and you too when we can just hold on to his promises.
Hold on, God Never Fails
“Doubting Thomas” No Way