Driven by Doubt
Read John 20:27-29
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!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Do you have any doubts about Jesus? How do you handle them?
I think Thomas often gets a bad rap. I grew up with the story of Thomas being used as a sort of cautionary tale that we should just take Jesus at His word and believe blindly. But I don’t think that’s what was necessarily intended here. After all, it seems strange that Jesus would present us with so much evidence if He never wanted us to look for it.
I like Thomas because he was a truth-seeker. He doubted until he had the facts, but once he knew the truth, he was all in. Loyal until the end. In John 20:25, the other disciples told him that they had seen Jesus. But he wasn’t willing to believe until he had put his hand in his side and saw the holes in his hands. Once he saw the evidence, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” He had seen the evidence, accepted the truth, and proclaimed the truth.
Jesus could handle Thomas’s doubt. Yes, He told Thomas to stop doubting and believe, but He also provided the exact evidence that Thomas was asking for. Jesus allowed Thomas to express his doubt, and then Jesus gave him what he needed to bring him around to belief.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” There would be generations following the disciples that have no choice but to believe in Jesus without seeing Him in the flesh. We don’t have the physical evidence of His hands and His side. But we have His Word. We have eyewitness accounts. We have historical documents.
They were asked to follow the testimony of a group of men who were gullible and easy to trick. We are believing the testimony of people who had physical evidence. They were so convinced that they were willing to die proclaiming the truth. They would not recant what they had seen.
If you are struggling with doubt, I encourage you to do as Thomas did. Ask Jesus to show you the evidence. Use your doubts to drive your search for the truth. If you seek Him, you will find Him.
Jesus, I confess that sometimes I have doubts. Please reveal yourself to me and show me evidence that strengthens my faith. Amen.