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.”
As we go forward in our life of faith, we all experience moments of doubt. We may wonder, Does God really love me? Does God see what I’m going through? Is all of this teaching in the Bible real, or am I just wasting my time? These questions and others are a natural part of believing in an invisible, intangible God.
Sometimes we may fear that our doubts are inappropriate or even sinful. We may wonder if God is angry with us for doubting his faithfulness or wondering if the Bible can be trusted.
But here in John 20, we see God’s patience for doubters like us. Thomas had a hard time believing that Jesus had truly risen from the dead. But rather than scolding Thomas or dismissing him, Jesus invited him to find the proof that he needed: “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.”
In our own times of doubt, God may similarly provide for us. He may show up through the guidance of a friend, a comforting passage of Scripture, or a well-timed sermon or devotional reading. He may even give us a sign to point us in the right direction.
There’s no reason we should be afraid of our doubts or of bringing them before God. If we are honest and open, he is faithful to provide what we need to continue following him.
Lord, be near me in times of doubt. Provide the guidance and assurance I need to continue serving you. Amen.
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