When we read the story of doubting Thomas, we may ask why did Thomas doubt the other Disciples? From John 20:25-27 we read:
’25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”’ (ESV)
If we are honest with ourselves, aren’t we all like Thomas, and have some doubts? No, I don’t mean, all the time, just sometimes, or a flicker of doubt. When things get tough and we aren’t sure of what will happen.
After much prayer, my husband and I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida. It was hard to leave behind friends, family, and church. We lived in our Pennsylvania home for over 30 years. We let go of stuff we collected over the years. We donated or sold much of what we owned. We also decided where in Florida to move. We felt led to it for its Deaf ministry. Then we started to become doubtful. Was this truly God’s will? We believed He led us to there, but like Thomas we were doubtful.
We were on our way to Florida for our settlement to buy our home when disaster struck! We got email from our bank, telling us the money wire transfer did not go through! The day after settlement, a truck with our furniture arrives. We needed the money to pay for our settlement! The bank said we made a mistake and must return to Pennsylvania to do another wire transfer with correct information. But, if we returned to Pennsylvania, we would miss our settlement, and not have a home for our furniture. Panic! We stopped for the night in South Carolina and prayed a fervent prayer for help to our Lord!
Then the miracle came. My husband’s brother, who’s hearing, was able to help us. He phoned our bank to go over information they had and the bank realized they made the mistake! We did not have to turn around and go back to Pennsylvania! PTL! Talk about God making a point! It was a hard time in our lives, but we had become doubtful.
God wanted us to know He loves us. He is always faithful. He wants us to know He understands our needs. He also wants us to trust and believe in Him. To know God, not just in our mind, but also in our hearts. In all things, He takes care of us. We can step out on faith and trust Him, and not to doubt Him.
We then can say as Thomas did in verse 28 “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (ESV)
He is our Lord and our God and our Savior. We can trust Him.