Fear and doubt



Daily reading: John 20:24-30
July 4, 2015

Focus scripture: The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”  But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.” John 20:25

Fear and doubts are coupled together in this passage and in the person of Thomas, the 11th disciple who is not present when Jesus
comes to the house the first time. 

We do not know where Thomas was at the end of the first day of the week, what we do know is that he wasn’t in the house with the other disciples.    Perhaps he was too afraid to even be with the other disciples, especially if they have returned to the upper room, a place that was now associated with Jesus and his followers.

What we DO know is that Thomas eventually came to the place where the other 10 were and they shared with him their experience,
 they said “We have seen the Lord.”

Thomas states that he will not believe in the risen Christ until he can have the same experience that they have all had.  In all of his human frailty and imperfection, Thomas is able to clearly articulate what he needs in order to believe. 

It is not so much that he is testing God but more like he is stating
what he cannot understand and will not be able to understand
until he is able to experience it. 

The wonderful thing is that Jesus responds to his request.  He doesn’t give up on Thomas when he says he needs more.  Is there something you need in order to believe more deeply?  Have you asked for it?

Prayer:  God help me in my moments of doubt so that I can grow in my faithfulness today.  Amen.

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