'...Do not be unbelieving, but believing.'
Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus suddenly showed up. "We have seen the Lord," they told Thomas, to which Thomas replied, "unless I see His hands...and my put finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."
Eight days later the disciples were again inside with Thomas, and suddenly Jesus showed up and 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." And Thomas said to Him, "my Lord and my God." John 20:24-28
What's amazing about this story is that Jesus showed up to talk to a doubter! We've all heard about how important it is to walk by faith, but here is Jesus ministering to a doubter. Now some of us would be tempted to write Thomas off as not qualified to be a disciple, but not Jesus. You see, the wonderful thing about our Savior is that He recognizes a sincere heart and a seeking soul, which He saw in Thomas.
Had Thomas been tempting the Lord like the Pharisees did so many times, I'm sure Jesus's response would have been vastly different. '...the Lord knows the thoughts of man...' (Psalm 94:11). But here's Jesus showing up to answer Thomas's questions; Praise God for His awesome mercy!
Are you having doubts? Perhaps you've committed a sin that you doubt God would ever forgive? Or maybe He's put a call on your life that you very much doubt you can fulfill? God knows your thoughts dear reader, so take those doubts to the Lord in earnest prayer. He will minister to you, and when you leave His loving presence you too will cry out saying, 'my Lord and my God.'
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